Sunday, September 26, 2010

Elephants in the photo op staging area

Excellent point made on the occasion of the prime ministerial visit to fair Newfoundland, devastated by Hurricane Igor:
A politician chose to take the spotlight and act as a spokesman for somebody else. He doesn't know where the flood waters were; someone else told him. And since Harper was being so authoritative in his assessment and analysis why didn't some reporter simply nail him right then? Question: Isn't it a bit odd for mid-latitude Newfoundland to take a direct hit from a tropical Atlantic Category 1 hurricane? Since you're providing details would you explain how that meteorological event evolved?

Think about it. We've got intact tropical hurricanes, still with all their tropical characteristics, making direct hits on landmass at 47 degrees north latitude. The federal government's head politician says he's never seen anything like it. The same politician who refuses to take any action to curb, or even acknowledge the existence of the anthropogenic contribution to global warming.

Never seen anything like it before in Canada? Wait for it; there's a lot more to come.
Of course the Prime Minister should have visited, that's not the issue. But as he travels the country of late, it is worth pointing out these elephants in the room that are silently stalking these photo-ops. Recall his end of August trip to the Arctic.
During his visit, a massive chunk of ice broke off Ellsemere Island in Nunavut — a 5,000-year-old peninsula of ice so large that it's disappearance will cause a redrawing of Canada's map, according to federal officials.

The event went unremarked upon by the prime minister, even as he reannounced federal funding for Radarsat satellite technology that's key to mapping Canada's Arctic.
Unremarked. Oblivious. The elephants are north, east, all around us these days.

There was something else bugging me too about this Newfoundland trip, the lack of a photo showing Harper assisting in the aftermath of the devastation. Oh wait...found one:

(h/t pmoharper)