New Green Canadian PM criticises DiCaprio's "inflammatory rhetoric" about the Oil Industry

Justin Trudeau, author Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM), source Wikimedia.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, author Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM), source Wikimedia.

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Newly elected Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, speaking at Davos, has strongly criticised Leonardo DiCaprio’s recent pontification about alleged oil industry greed.

Justin Trudeau faces off with Leonardo DiCaprio over climate change

CANADIAN Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his “inflammatory rhetoric” on climate change, saying it was not helping those who have lost their oil-industry jobs.

The movie star had told the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain town of Davos on Wednesday that corporate greed was causing climate change.

At a dinner later in the day, Trudeau, elected in October as the head of a Liberal government, took the 41-year-old actor to task.

“I pointed out that both Alberta and Canada have new governments over the past year that are committed to action on climate change … and that there are families suffering, out of work, who need to be supported, and inflammatory rhetoric doesn’t necessarily help those families or help Canada,” Trudeau said, recounting his remarks to reporters on Friday.

“He actually said if we took concrete action on climate change he would be the first to come up and celebrate with us.”

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Trudeau was elected on what appeared to be a green policy platform, but the reality is Canada is deeply dependent on oil and mineral extraction industries. Low oil prices are already causing significant economic problems. Any further pressure on the Canadian oil industry could exacerbate long term damage to the Canadian economy.

If Trudeau’s green sympathies receive some of the blame for Canada’s worsening economic stagnation, voter anger might translate into a major swing against the Trudeau government, at the next Federal Election.

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Reply to  Eric Worrall
January 26, 2016 12:23 am

Speaking of Bloomberg… Perhaps we might kick around a certain conspiracy-theory “ideation”, just for yuks, where Bernie, Donald, and Bloomberg (as a third party candidate) run for the presidency in 2016. And, then say, Bloomberg siphons off just enough electoral college votes so as to deprive both Bernie and Trump of an electoral college majority (270 votes).
At the same time, in our fantasy 2016 presidential election, let’s further imagine that Bloomberg’s share of the electoral vote, though tiny, is found to be just enough to establish him as one of the three top vote-getters, and, therefore, eligible to stand for further election when the presidential election is passed on to the House of Representatives for decision.
In the House, a hot-bed of “establishment” types, whether Republican or Democrat, the decision confronting our solons will then be whether they want, as President, a rootin’-tootin’ Bolshevik (Bernie–not good for “business”), a “You’re Fired!” Trump (an existential threat to entrenched politicos, in on the deal, of either party, I think we can safely say), or a “Hammer of the Soda-jerks” Bloomberg (a “right stuff” type of guy (for those incumbents with a stake in the game, that is) who even wants to disarm us proto-serfs–bless his heart!). Voila!–President Bloomberg. Pretty slick, huh?
Again, all Bloomberg has to do is deprive both of his rivals of 270 electoral votes and get just enough electoral votes, himself, to qualify as one of the three Presidential candidates to stand for election in the House. The “good ol’ boys” inside the beltway, Democrat and Republican, alike, will then take care of the “matter”.
At least, that’s how I think it all might work. But maybe not. Anyone got a different idea?

Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 1:51 am

In every State a small minority of women vote for the woman as it’s about time there was a woman at the top. Only about 2 or 3% but that’s more than enough.
Every State goes for Hillary.
She wins by a landslide.

George Tetley
Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 3:46 am

Hillary winning by a landslide ?? Might be interesting, I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT MAN !!!! ( Mike )? )

Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 6:02 am

mcourtney? So we should elect someone merely on the basis of gender?
Sounds pretty sexist to me.

Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 6:03 am

Last week, Bob Dole, one of the ultimate insiders declared that he could support Trump, because Trump is someone they can make a deal with.
Trump is no threat to establishment types. He’s one of them.

Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 6:04 am

PS: I wonder if it is possible to be president, and in jail at the same time?

Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 6:22 am

Trump is someone they can make a deal with
that was Reagan’s biggest asset. He could bring a room full of democrats and republicans together and get them to make a deal.
the President of the United States is supposed to represent The People. He or she is not supposed to take sides with Republicans or Democrats. Because if the President does this, the People will vote to place the other party in Congress to represent them, and nothing will get done while the President is in office.
This is why the United States has been deadlocked politically for the past 7 years. The President started blaming the Republican’s for his problems. The People saw that they were not being fairly represented and voted the Republicans into office in the Congress to restore balance.
If Hillary wins, the situation will remain deadlocked. She will follow the Obama’s example and blame every problem on the Republicans. The People will respond by voting the Republicans into office in Congress, to counter-balance the Presidency and the country will remain deadlocked.
The Republicans are waking up to the fact that so far Trump has been the Teflon candidate. Shzt doesn’t stick to him. No matter how outrageous he sounds, he is able to counter his critics and in the process generate tons of free press. Most every day he is in the top of the news, while the other candidates are spending millions but not being heard.
So it is only natural the folks like Dole are starting to see how this might lead to a President that can break the deadlock in Washington. Someone that isn’t a strong Democrat or Republican, that has no axe to grind with either party. Someone that is able to communicate his ideas clearly and someone that will be able to make a deal with both the Republicans and Democrats, and thereby break the deadlock.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 7:22 am

The idea that Bloomberg will siphon any votes from Trump is ludicrous. Bloomberg may have been elected as a “Republican” mayor, but he’s so far left in that spectrum that he can’t even be considered a RINO. In the scenario you describe, Bloomberg will split the Democratic vote as Blue Dog Democrats who can’t quite vote for Trump will run screaming from Bernie and right to Mike. And he’ll never get the role of kingmaker because he’ll never get any electoral votes because it’s a winner-take-all system. He’ll just be a spoiler. He might in fact ensure a Trump landslide.

Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 7:44 am

My opinion, deadlocked politically is good. Be thankful that you don’t get all the government you pay for.

Michael Wood
Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 7:57 am

Phony smile. Like the smiling tiger

Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 8:43 am

Not should vote by gender.
But will vote by gender.

Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 10:51 am

ferdberple: The difference is that when Reagan cut a deal, it was on his terms.
When the Republican insiders cut a deal, it’s always on the Democrats terms.
Sort of like the latest budget battle, where the settlement gave Obama 100%+ of what he had been demanding.
That’s the type of deals Dole and Trump are talking about.
If we are going to elect a socialist, I’d rather it be someone who is openly socialist. That way the inevitable collapse will be blamed on the socialists.

Monna Manhas
Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 12:50 pm

MarkW, what are you thinking? Voting on the basis of gender is sexist only if the people involved vote for a man, you should know that by now.
/sarc off (just in case you thought I was serious)

Reply to  mike
January 26, 2016 6:37 pm

@ D. J. Hawkins,
Yr: “…he’ll never get any votes since it’s a winner-take-all system.”
Thanks for your response, D. J. Not sure, though, that your “cut” on the electoral college is totally accurate. While I’m no legal scholar in the matter , for sure, I understand that Maine and Nebraska are not “winner-take-all” states. And, then, there’s the issue of rogue-votes by “faithless electors”. Bloomberg has billions to play with, and he doesn’t need any more electoral votes than the handful needed to deprive his rivals of a 270-vote majority, in order to throw the election to the House, with his (Bloomberg’s) hat in the ring.
However, my above, conspiracy-theory “ideation” is only based on a few (possibly flawed) Wiki entries and my own rank-amateur reading of the same, so maybe it is a “ludicrous” speculation, after all, as you would have it. But as best as I can assess the situation, there does seem to me to be, at first blush, some maneuver room for a billionaire to pull a “fast one”, in the 2016 election, of the sort I previously described. Regardless, please D. J., correct my pitch, if I’m still wrong.

January 25, 2016 5:37 pm

Trudeau and his LPC cronies are no friend to Alberta or the Oil & Gas Industry…DiCaprio thinks weather is evil.

Reply to  mycogdistort
January 25, 2016 8:54 pm

Is that the same DiCaprio that flew in on his private jet, with his 5 houses and a mega yacht. Who spews more CO2 that a small city, while telling all the rest of us to take less, so he can take more?
The same DiCaprio that thinks the Chinook in Alberta is a sign of climate change. News flash, the Chinook is a sign of your ignorance.
Next role: The Pious Hypocrite

Reply to  ferdberple
January 25, 2016 9:30 pm

Yup, same guy. Also the same DiCaprio who testified before congress on the dangers of accelerating sea level, at the same time he and his friends are investing large amounts of money in a huge oceanfront resort in Central America.

Reply to  ferdberple
January 26, 2016 3:27 am

He never got over the Titanic. Blamed it on global warming and he didn’t get rescued…

Reply to  ferdberple
January 26, 2016 5:05 am

@ Menicolas
It’s more than a ‘oceanfront resort’ …. it’s a friggen island. One of those things that will be swallowed up by an acceleration of sea level rise!

Reply to  ferdberple
January 26, 2016 5:34 am

I don’t get it. Why did he need a boat in Davos? And five houses? How long was he there?

Reply to  ferdberple
January 26, 2016 5:35 am

OK, I’ll let him have his boat. But why does it have to be a big one?

Reply to  ferdberple
January 26, 2016 6:13 am

Someone please explain to me how a *movie actor* is anyone who should be consulted about complex matters of economic policy? Maybe you should need some kind of qualifications, besides ignorance and a big mouth, to attend meetings like Davos?

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  ferdberple
January 26, 2016 8:23 am

DeCaprio is an actor and he knows how to read from a script. He memorises lines. He puts on a good acting performance to satisfy the patrons of his art. There is every reason to expect that what he says and does are incongruent. That is how actors are and what they do.
Now, who is writing his script and directing his actions? That is a better question and better story.
Trudeau is also an actor and script-repeater. The same questions apply. The difference is, Trudeau has political and economic power (at least some, that the banks don’t already monopolise) and DeCaprio does not. If you look into it, you may find that a certain Suzuki from BC has more influence over what Trudeau says than his own party. That definitely applies to the CBC which has become a parody of green alarmist narratives. At some point the Green Party will tell the CBC to back off and stop making their Cause look silly.
Not the Lib’s however, they for whom the word sycophant was invented. They will say ‘what is needed to be said’. And they did, and they won power mostly by asking the public not to return the Conservatives. They didn’t promise much on the green agenda, they just let on that they probably would. No one can crush the oil and gas industry in Canada. It would freeze to death walking along the Trans-Canada Highway, or stuck by the (only) bridge between Manitoba and Ontario which is broken at the moment.
Everybody: stop crowing about hypocrisy. Everyone is a bit of a hypocrite and it is not helping. Target what matters. If Trudeau realises that oil and gas are things the current generation cannot live without, good for him. That is better than the Green Party’s position that we should shut the whole thing down and leave the Alberta oil sands leaking into the rivers as they have done for millennia.
If CeCaprio wants to help the planet, he should get humanity to stop the governments spending $1.5 trillion on climate stupidity and target the Zika Virus (which turns out to be highly transmissible by sexual contact) and Dengue Fever and so on. Real threats, not imaginary ones.

ferd berple
Reply to  ferdberple
January 26, 2016 10:48 am

the Zika Virus (which turns out to be highly transmissible by sexual contact)
best not to have sexual contact with the Zika Virus. no telling where the virus has been.

Reply to  ferdberple
January 26, 2016 11:08 am

I didn’t really believe her when she said her name was Zika…
Anyway, they’re all doing it:
I don’t think they really care. It’s just self-promotion. If they cared they wouldn’t use fossil fuels. But they use about as much as Algore.

Reply to  ferdberple
January 26, 2016 5:50 pm

“OK, I’ll let him have his boat. But why does it have to be a big one?”
So he can hold his current girl over the front rail and pretend he’s not now over 40. ^_^

Reply to  mycogdistort
January 26, 2016 6:34 am

swallowed up by an acceleration of sea level rise!
Blackadore Caye is the island DiCaprio purchased. It appears to be a typical sand caye behind a barrier reef. Basically these are made of coral sand and rubble held together by vegetation and marine growth. There typically is no “bedrock” on this sort of island. Maximum height of the land is typically something like 10 feet, with many areas much less. Except for palm trees these sorts of islands are all but invisible from the water until you are on top of them.
So it would appear that DiCaprio doesn’t really believe the sea level rise will be an issue. Because it would not take much of a rise to place this sort of island underwater.

Mark Johnson
January 25, 2016 5:48 pm

Mr. Trudeau is so conflicted on energy matters, it will eventually eat him alive and cause his government to lose power.

Robert of Ottawa
Reply to  Mark Johnson
January 26, 2016 2:36 am

One can hope but he wants a “price on Carbon” and the real man in charge,, is a greeny who did to Ontario what he now wants to do to Canada.

Password Protected
January 25, 2016 5:50 pm

Our new leader will say anything he considers self promoting. He has no ideas of his own, just follows prompts. That particular comment was likely prompted by an industry feeling the pinch of low oil prices. His comments at COP21 were prompted by environmental lobbyists.
We are rudderless in the harsh ocean.

Mike Bromley the Kurd
Reply to  Password Protected
January 25, 2016 5:54 pm

That is without doubt. In my 62 years I have never seen a Leader so vacuous, shallow, superficial…and arrogant!

Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 25, 2016 6:00 pm

right on!

Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 25, 2016 6:04 pm

You didn’t live in Australia under K.Rudd.

Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 25, 2016 6:23 pm

I get the feeling Canada is having their Obama period

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 25, 2016 6:55 pm

Or Julia Gillard, who cut welfare to single mums because her brand of feminazism hates women who raise children.

Leonard Lane
Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 25, 2016 9:03 pm

Except for Obama.

Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 25, 2016 10:01 pm

Nice hair, though.

Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 25, 2016 11:24 pm

His Father was a good example of such attributes.

Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 26, 2016 5:48 am

Wlhat? No locks?

Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 26, 2016 6:05 am

Mike, you haven’t looked south of the border recently.

Paul Coppin
Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 26, 2016 11:05 am

“I get the feeling Canada is having their Obama period”
I wish! And that’s not saying much of anything – I’m no fan of Obama. But Trudeau Jr is a perpetual adolescent and it is all he will ever be. He has neither the intellect nor the inclination to be more than that. It’s in his genes. He got none of his famous father’s acumen. While Butts is the frontman puppet master, the men behind the curtain are the old Martin Liberals. Paul Martin is back. You just won’t see his face on the stamps.

Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 26, 2016 3:23 pm

Where were you when Mulroney was in power?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 26, 2016 7:15 pm

“Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia says:
January 25, 2016 at 6:55 pm
Or Julia Gillard, who cut welfare to single mums because her brand of feminazism hates women who raise children.”
She also removed the dependent spouse tax refund. So she hated married couples who had a dependent spouse too. But she’s alright. Hundreds of AU$$$’s every year on a tax payer funded pension and a AU$2m house in Adelaide.

Reply to  Password Protected
January 25, 2016 5:54 pm

It just seems that we are rudderless. There are those trying to direct our path for their benefit. Good luck up there in Canada. It could get rough for all of you.

Reply to  Tim
January 25, 2016 7:20 pm

No Australia is Rudderless now. He is trying to inflict himself on the world as UN Secretary General. That will be great for everyone else because this kitchen Hitler leaves chaos behind him wherever he goes.
As for Di Caprio, he might be able to look like he has a prickle in his [trimmed] as an actor but he is only reciting lines given him without curiosity.

Reply to  Tim
January 26, 2016 3:28 pm

Meh, up’s and downs. We’ll be alright. Canada is a great country and will survive this light weight moron. Thanks anyway and best of luck with your “collection” of bright lights campaigning for the top job. The ability of the average twitter humanoid to decently analyze the issues is so diminished that we are all at the mercy of people who can’t understand basic math, physics or money. I don’t see how it gets better from here.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Password Protected
January 25, 2016 6:53 pm

Anyone who kicks DiCaprio’s gaping green arse can’t be all bad.

Reply to  Password Protected
January 25, 2016 9:29 pm

Ditto America. Think O went two years before he spoke something on his own. The Monck says Trudeau and the K-rudd were installed for signatures on the UN’s climate vacuum “agreement” (a predetermined tax on each nation based on the number of head of flatulizing livestock within their borders, power plants, etc. etc.). About the only thing that came out of Paris was a new Guinness record for the number of Lear Jets and limos parked in one spot. Topped Copenhagen.
Conference had nothing to do with climate change.

Reply to  Wrusssr
January 26, 2016 5:50 am

You underrate Paris. There was unanimous agreement to do nothing and say anything.

Dave in Canmore
January 25, 2016 5:57 pm

One fool chastising another fool.

January 25, 2016 5:59 pm

What do you expect from Greens, nuance? Mutual understanding? Laudable effort Mr. Trudeau, but demonization is the only weapon in their intellectual arsenal.

January 25, 2016 5:59 pm

Well, all Mr. Trudeau has to do is find all those unicorns up there in the vast uninhabited parts of Canada and their flatulence should solve all the “evil fossil fuel woes”. And hooking unicorns up to the hoses will create just oodles of green jobs…. Of course PETU (People for the Ethical Treatment of Unicorns) will protest loudly…..
Oh…. whatever are the greenies going to do….. they need the fossil fuels to travel to Davos (and to stay in office), but hate them with a vengeance, can you spell CONFLICTED, I knew you could……
(\sarc off, for any really slow learners)
Cheers, KevinK.

Reply to  KevinK
January 25, 2016 6:02 pm


William R
January 25, 2016 6:09 pm

Uber wealthy Hollywood elites pontificating about greed. Priceless.

Reply to  William R
January 25, 2016 6:13 pm

Yes, and Senator Sanders here in the USA says the problem in the USA is GREED. So to solve that greed problem He wants the Government to take 90% of the money from the citizens……
Oh… the STUPID, it burns……

Reply to  KevinK
January 25, 2016 6:57 pm

Maine Governor Paul LePage
‘Weekly Message: Mainers Need Affordable Electricity Now’
“These high energy costs are robbing you every month. They are killing jobs, forcing layoffs and discouraging major companies from even looking at Maine.”
For the rest of Gov. LePage’s remarks >

Reply to  KevinK
January 25, 2016 9:14 pm

The one thing definitely worse than greedy people is a greedy government.

Reply to  KevinK
January 26, 2016 6:07 am

I can ignore greedy people.
I can refuse to do business with greedy companies.
Neither option is available when it comes to government.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  KevinK
January 26, 2016 10:34 am

Greedy dishonest people are worse than honest greedy people.

Reply to  KevinK
January 26, 2016 1:04 pm

Greedy governments can easily be circumvented.
That’s what a substantial portion of the Middle East [‘West Asia’ to Indians (and those further East), as Mrs Gandhi reminded Mrs. Thatcher] are doing.
And not a few from Africa.
Ask the EU how that is going . . . .
Auto – dead serious, like, sadly, not a few of the migrants/refugees.

johann wundersamer
Reply to  KevinK
February 6, 2016 12:15 am

‘dead serious, like, sadly, not a few of the migrants/refugees.’
And then – both Americas are built on Immigrants, dominated by anglosaxons and hispanics.
Congrats – You’re lucky.
Best regards – Hans

johann wundersamer
Reply to  KevinK
February 6, 2016 12:30 am

Congrats – You’re lucky.
Best regards – Hans
Lucky when it’s up to me to repair my mistakes.

January 25, 2016 6:11 pm

I’m just going to say this about the global scary stuff.
I talked with somebody last week whose friend ( working as hairdresser ) went into a trance like state and started yelling out about the name of a town and people are dying then came to and they said;
” woww that was weird you should go home”.
then later that afternoon; news report that town she said has earthquake and people died.
there are loads of these things that happen. they cannot be ignored as just a bit weird.
trying to look for answers in a really, really small thing (CERN); it is searching for a solution that is incomprehensible, certainly something that is infinitely small or infinitely big does not fit in any brain I am aware of.
What I am saying with that example is trying to measure a thing like the reality is really difficult and cannot be represented with some formula arithmetic.
One thing plus another thing makes more than 2 things.

Password Protected
Reply to  zemlik
January 25, 2016 6:15 pm

Care to share some of your stash?

Reply to  Password Protected
January 25, 2016 6:49 pm

Trudeau wants to make it legal but all his political buddies that are well invested in the stuff want to keep it illegal to keep out the competition and the prices high. Sounds one of his soul mates.

Reply to  zemlik
January 25, 2016 6:44 pm

…WTF ?? You are insane, check into a hospital ASAP !
[His comment was noted, and is left to stand on its own as evidence of his position. And his thoughts while writing it in public. .mod]

Reply to  Marcus
January 25, 2016 7:10 pm

did you never consider that there might be something a bit difficult to understand about looking for a smaller and smaller thing ?

Reply to  Marcus
January 25, 2016 7:22 pm

the facts of the matter is that the society creates the offspring that it desires ( Marilyn).
Now consider this, perhaps all the warmists are by their brain power creating the reality that they desire, you must fight back with thoughts, but see what you did ? By fighting back against the warmists thoughts you went too far, too far and made lots of snowy weather.

Reply to  Marcus
January 25, 2016 7:32 pm

say for example all this new money they spent on CERN they do a thing and discover that there is actually nothing there when you look really really close. It is just waves of thoughts by all that is alive ? You might think ” WoWW, if it is like that then I might be able to sit down and by a supreme effort of willful concentration transcend all of this.” ?

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Marcus
January 25, 2016 9:34 pm

Have you been walking through a mind field?

Reply to  Marcus
January 25, 2016 9:42 pm

Is that you, Mr. Chong?

Richard G
Reply to  Marcus
January 25, 2016 10:04 pm

I’d say the party’s at zemlik’s. No need to bring your own stash. It sounds like there is more than enough there already.

Reply to  zemlik
January 26, 2016 1:08 pm

Any inside information on the next Russian Presidential election?
Not the winner – Putin, perchance? – but rather the means of death of our V£ad the Pre$$ident’s opponents . . . .
Auto – and he knows where I liv – uhhhh

Neil Watson
January 25, 2016 6:13 pm

Hivemind, you beat me to the punch. I couldn’t believe the fools taken in by Kevin07. Luckily I live abroad. Malware is coming a close second though.

January 25, 2016 6:15 pm

Trudeau got a hair cut for the election. Now he is growing it out again. The Chameleon. Living on a Trust Fund. No concept of the real world. I would hope that like the Notely Crew in Alberta, all will change next elections.
Hope springs eternal. 4 years of pain.

Pamela Gray
January 25, 2016 6:25 pm

Watermelons need not worry. For now. Cheap oil will keep hard to extract oil in the ground. That is as long as industry stays slow. Which it won’t. Cheap oil will encourage industry to rev up energy-sucking manufacturing, which will eventually lead to oil demand, which will eventually lead to hard to extract oil in the ground coming out of the ground. However, by then, watermelons will be older and care more about other things. So it’s all good. Win win.
Wake me when it’s time for me to choose a casket for myself.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Pamela Gray
January 26, 2016 9:02 am

Pamela, I hope we can keep you around for a very long time!!

January 25, 2016 6:28 pm

Trudeau has also spoken out against the Montreal mayors who want to kill Energy East.

In a news conference in Davos Friday, Mr. Trudeau countered concerns from Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and his regional colleagues that the Energy East pipeline posed an unacceptable environmental risk. The Prime Minister said provinces need to work together to ensure energy development and environment protection.
“I am solidly in one camp on this one,” he said. “I am very much in the camp of both premiers, [Ontario’s Kathleen] Wynne and Notley, who demonstrated that Canada can and should work together on economic issues for all of us.” link

The young Trudeau has the chance to repair the damage done by his father’s ruinous National Energy Program.

Reply to  commieBob
January 25, 2016 10:56 pm

I very much doubt that commitBob. During the election, he promised Carbon Taxes and “Alternative” energy. At the time, that was (and still is) completely in line with the Alberta NDP agenda. The fact that we are now deep in recession has caused both of them to cool their rhetoric but make no mistake, if the economy improves during their tenure you will see lots of “green subsidies”. Just take a look at who has been behind them at their news conferences. In Alberta, for example, you will see people from the wind energy sector speaking on behalf of our Climate Change Minister. These people all blow about in the winds of change. Trudeau is multi-lingual. He can speak out of both sides of his mouth in at least two languages.
Don’t forget, Kathleen Wynne is a wind and solar energy champion. She and her predecessor have squandered billions on wind and cancelled energy contracts. Power costs in Ontario have gone up 50%. How do you think that affects manufacturing in Ontario?
I think he will follow in his father’s footsteps while saying whatever is politically expedient. Just look at the election results. He has nothing to lose with the west. On the other hand, getting oil to the Maritimes supports his political base there. His party wants carbon taxes and alternative energy.
Read the Liberal Party Platform.
They already hit retired folks like me by cutting the Tax Free Savings Account allowance in half meaning that as you take money out of your RRSP or RIF you have no tax free place to put it so they are taking money right out of retired people’s pockets and putting into their “Green Bond Fund”. Read their platform.
This is Trudeau Version 2 and it won’t be any different than his father. His votes are in Eastern Canada and the Left Coast … primarily the lower mainland. He will pander to those votes. The west won’t matter so he can use us for cannon fodder.
Kind of looks like the Canadian version of Obama’s “Change we can believe in.” doesn’t it.
Well, perhaps you like that sort of slogan.

Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
January 26, 2016 1:07 am

This is Trudeau Version 2 and it won’t be any different than his father.

I hope that you are wrong.
Compare Junior’s statements defending the oil industry with his father’s “Well, why should I sell the Canadian farmers’ wheat?”. I think folks have forgotten how much the West hated Trudeau senior. Maybe Junior has learned from that.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
January 26, 2016 9:12 am

A joke from the first Trudeau era:
P.E.Trudeau sent his Minister Marc Lalonde out to Calgary to investigate rumours that people in the west hated him. He went to the pub in the Palliser Hotel during happy hour and he stood up, raised his glass and shouted, “Trudeau is a horse’s a55!” A cowboy jumped up and punched Lalonde’s lights out saying “Careful what you say. Out here we don’t allow folks badmouthing horses that way.”

Paul Coppin
Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
January 26, 2016 11:14 am

CB – never trust a word that comes out of Liberal’s mouth publicly. Lying to achieve power is their stock in trade. This bunch will tell you what they think you want to hear, but believe none of it. Their motto isn’t “Hope and Change”, it’s “Screw you, we won, and won big. Thanks, suckers.”

Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
January 26, 2016 12:24 pm

Paul Coppin says:
January 26, 2016 at 11:14 am
CB – never trust a word that comes out of Liberal’s mouth publicly.

I fully agree. I just don’t limit the warning to Liberals. 🙂
Q – How can you tell if a politician is lying?
A – His lips are moving.

Reply to  Wayne Delbeke
January 26, 2016 7:26 pm

The new Trudeau economic plan (humour):
After filing their personal tax returns by April 30th, many Canadians will again receive a tax refund.
This is indeed a very exciting program, and I’ll explain it in a Q & A format:
Q. What is a tax refund payment?
A. It’s money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
Q.. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen of it.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment ?
A. The plan is for you to use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the Canadian economy by spending your tax refund wisely:
* If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China or Sri Lanka .
* If you spend it on gasoline, your money will go to the Arabs.
* If you purchase a computer, it will go to India , Taiwan or China .
* If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico , Honduras and Guatemala .
* If you buy an efficient car, it will go to Japan or Korea ..
* If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan .
* If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.
Instead, keep the money in Canada by:
1) Spending it at yard sales, or
2) Going to hockey games, or
3) Spending it on prostitutes, or
4) Beer or
5) Tattoos.
(These are the only “truly” Canadian businesses still operating)
Go to a hockey game with a tattooed prostitute that you met at a yard sale and drink beer all day!
No need to thank me, I’m just glad to be of help.

January 25, 2016 6:42 pm

Does that moron Leo know one of the greediest industries on the planet is his own.

January 25, 2016 7:16 pm

The only greed I see is that shown by the climate crowd in it for the funding. Power too, they are greedy for more than $$$.

January 25, 2016 7:17 pm

Trudeau also claimed, in Paris last fall, to have told Putin to get out of [Ukraine]. Sure, we believe you. This individual is a narcissist who craves global adulation, nothing more. His story changes depending on the audience. The real brains behind the new Canadian operation are radical left wing environmentalists who are intent on zero carbon no matter the cost. Say one thing while doing another will be the rule going forward. Regulation, taxation and third party consultations will shut this country down.

Reply to  RealDeal
January 25, 2016 9:47 pm

It has always been the people behind the curtains, no matter what country you look at except maybe Russia, there you get what you see.!
Putin, fishing, hunting, diving, flying jets, going into space ( Oh sorry he’s smart enough to not do that), horseback riding, playing ice hockey and scoring all the goals (or was he the goalie that got the shut-out?) What else ? Did I miss anything? Oh, shooting a round of golf and getting holes in one? Oh wai that was some other guy.
But to me it still goes back to what I said in the first place it is not the guy on the front page. It is the people behind the scene that set the rules. Just because Leo has a few bucks makes him think he is one of them.

January 25, 2016 7:22 pm

Meant Ukraine

January 25, 2016 7:28 pm

“He actually said if we took concrete action on climate change he would be the first to come up and celebrate with us.”

No thanks. Northern man don’t need him ’round anyhow.

Reply to  rabbit
January 26, 2016 10:55 am

Was that from “Sweet Home Alberta”?

FJ Shepherd
January 25, 2016 7:34 pm

Leonardo DiCaprio’s knowledge of climate science makes Al Gore look like climatology genius; and Justin Trudeau is nothing more than a charming three-year-old with severe learning disabilities.

FJ Shepherd
Reply to  FJ Shepherd
January 25, 2016 7:35 pm

In other words, this is not a clash of Titans.

January 25, 2016 7:43 pm

The price of reality will accomplish what science has failed to do in the AGW narrative. Now people will seek and believe reasons to doubt the MSM and political obsession with “Climate Change” because it affects them directly. Before it was burn the people to save the world and now it will be people come first.

January 25, 2016 7:44 pm

Funniest and truest comment I’ve seen is this:
“Canadians were hoping he got his mom’s looks and his dad’s brains but it looks like he got everything from his mom. They are in so much trouble.”

January 25, 2016 7:47 pm

Well that is what Trudeau SAYS he told Dicaprio. Actually, he just asked him for his autograph and took a selfie. Trudeau is a flake and the Liberals belong to the church of global warming.

Brian H
January 25, 2016 7:58 pm

Obama sent an army of “fixers” across the border for the election.

Reply to  Brian H
January 25, 2016 9:50 pm

Some news stories said that Soros and his ilk spend over 300 million.

Reply to  tobias smit
January 26, 2016 1:25 pm

Who’s likely to spend big money on this November’s exhibition of democracy at its finest?
Especially if Mike [12:23 am]has got his crystal ball in top gear?
If George can drip-feed 300 big ones, could, oh, say big oil producers in Northern Eurasia or West Asia, say, pop a couple of quarters into someone who’ll lay about the frackers?
Legality may not be visible on the table.
Cui bono?
By the way I pass the Bloomberg Palace – as yet not quite finished – every day on Cannon Street, London.
When all the scaffolding is down, we’ll see if it is as over-adorned as it looks now.

Joe Prins
January 25, 2016 8:01 pm

Probably one of my more obnoxious observations but…….what is DiCaprio doing at the world economic forum? Who invited him? Unless he walks on water across the pond in non oil based clothing, tele-transported from the sheep farm using solar power, he is one big hypocrite.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
January 26, 2016 1:34 pm

We’ve got some doves that would qualify as Messengers of Peace, I think.
How do I get them nominated/elected/appointed?
And, as they’re not ‘legal persons’ I’ll volunteer to look after their income . . .
PS – the missus says that they are white pigeons.

Gerald Machnee
January 25, 2016 8:07 pm

And how did DiCaprio get to Davos? On a bicycle?

Reply to  Gerald Machnee
January 26, 2016 2:28 am

He flew in on an electric airplane, Gerald ;o)

Monna Manhas
Reply to  H.R.
January 26, 2016 12:38 pm


Jan Christoffersen
January 25, 2016 9:08 pm

It’s OK. DiCaprio bought carbon credits. All is well in Hollywood.

Daryl M
January 25, 2016 9:17 pm

This is a great example of the hypocrisy of Prime minister carebear. He thinks inflammatory rhetoric “inflammatory rhetoric doesn’t necessarily help those families or help Canada”, but fails to mention that the policies of his government will directly and negatively affect families that are already affected by the downturn of the oil market. Translation: It’s okay to implement policies that will hurt people, just don’t talk about them.

Dave in Canmore
Reply to  Daryl M
January 26, 2016 7:34 am

Daryl M ….YES! Given a choice between DiCaprio who merely throws insults at us, and a Prime Minster actively trying to take down the industry that pays for nearly everything in Canada, I’ll chose DiCaprio! The disgusting hypocrisy of Trudeau is sickening. Such a shame that most of our media are sleepwalking through life with arrogant notions they understand the world around them when at best they are no better than children at the big table.

January 25, 2016 9:29 pm

Justin Trudeau…Just when you thought there’d be no more Home Alone sequels.

January 25, 2016 10:20 pm

Government by twitter.

January 25, 2016 10:25 pm

Trudeau inveigled against the oil industry and resource industries in general all through the election and the 4 years leading up to it. Did someone just recently notify him where all that government revenue comes from? What a change of tune.
By the way, there won’t be any major swing against the Trudeau government at the next Federal Election. He’s our Obama. Our rock-star Prime Minister. Like Obama, people didn’t vote for him because of policies.

Reply to  Art
January 25, 2016 11:49 pm

Surprised me as well – wish all alarmists/greens would do such an about-face.

Paul Coppin
Reply to  4TimesAYear
January 26, 2016 11:20 am

Not an about face – just playing to the audience. Remember, his qualifications for office, other than snowboarding, and waving “hi, mom” to any camera in view, was as a part time drama teacher. Part time.

David Cage
January 26, 2016 12:55 am

I would love to know how many oil industry executives earn even half what he does when he talks of greed. More so when you compare wages of the remainder of the staff in that industry where oil usually pays well right down to delivery drivers but the entertainments industry bitches about the national minimum wage here.
This man’s one skill is making fantasy seem real so he is the right man to represent the climate change lobby.

January 26, 2016 1:13 am

Can anyone name a self-powered alternative energy manufacturer? One that uses only their own alternative energy solutions for all aspects of their enterprise? That, I think, is the minimum qualifier for validating alternative energy as a justification for the rest of us to abandon reliable alternative energy – that being coal, hydro, oil, and gas.

January 26, 2016 1:36 am

I call on US oil companies to go further than DiCaprio asked. I call on them to stop delivering fuel to gas stations, stop delivering fuel to airports or sea ports, stop delivering to heating oil distributors. In short, stop delivering oil products to anyone. And when the inevitable furore erupts, I call on them to say ‘We’ll recommence deliveries when DiCaprio comes crawling on his hands and knees and begs us to do so.

Reply to  Charlie
January 26, 2016 2:11 am

Any day now the Reform Party will make it,s reappearance in the West. Alberta and Saskatchewan are already demanding there equalization payments 10 billion be returned. The Greens will not allow the new Pipe Line through Quebec. Separation anxiety back on the table this time from the West.

Keith Willshaw
Reply to  Charlie
January 26, 2016 5:26 am

Most important they should stop selling the tons of fuel his superyacht and private jets consume. Lets see how him travelling on a bicycle or a bus then I might take his ‘green’ credentials seriously.

Reply to  Charlie
January 26, 2016 9:19 am

I suggest that the first step is to stop all fuel deliveries or sales to DiCaprio. Nothing for his yachts, planes, cars or homes. It would be gross hypocrisy for him not to practice what he preaches. Walk the walk (literally). He should never again be allowed to use fossil fuels for any reason until he loudly, continuously and publicly declares that he was wrong about global warming/climate change.

January 26, 2016 2:50 am

Leonardo DiCaprio is to climate science as Jenny McCarthy is to epidemiology. Leo is an ignoramus who is popular because he’s a movie star. DiCaprio can mouth off about anything that pops into his head, and a sizable cohort will hang on his every word because he’s sooooooo good-looking.
Trudeau is almost as bad. I know Americans oohing and aahing over his recent election because he’s sooooo good-looking, his wife is sooooo good-looking, and what’s more, he’s so youthful and fit he can stand on one leg like a stork.
This is what comes of blurring politics with show biz.

Harry Passfield
January 26, 2016 3:08 am

I get it now: If you’re good at your job (I was), and you earn many accolades and awards from your peers (I did), and you’re known internationally for what you did (I was), you get to stand on a world political stage and tell the rest of the hoi-polloi how to run their humdrum little lives; where they’re all going wrong, killing the world; and how it’ll cost ’em dear to allow me and my mates to fix it for them – and how they are gonna thank me for it in the end.
So where do I sign up?

January 26, 2016 4:20 am

You can’t fight socialism. The world as we know it is changed forever. The only true and lasting change will come from an everlasting God who created the world so many people are not satisfied with and want to change. So go and save the world…spin your wheels…you waste your time and accomplish nothing.

January 26, 2016 4:45 am

Reform Party Harper will make a return, separation anxiety will be back on the agenda thanks to the Greens. Both Alberta and Saskatchewan outraged, demanding their 10 billion dollars back. The federal government makes equalization payments to less wealthy Canadian provinces like Quebec. The City of Montreal opposes the Western Pipe Line through Quebec,Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre this AM.

Bernie Roseke
January 26, 2016 5:32 am

He’s not suddenly pro oil. From what I’ve seen in the local news it sounds to me like he just wanted to enlighten Leo that there has been a pro-climate change government elected federally and at the state (province) level in Alberta as well. This is his broader message so it would make sense he’s passing it on to Leo. I am embarrassed to have him as Prime Minister. I would not even hire him to work at my engineering firm much less manage a $270 billion government budget. He’s kind of a shmuck who’s inexperience is almost certain to manifest itself. Maybe his looks got him elected, I don’t know. Of course, both Trudeau and Leo flew to Davos on private jets, because there’s an impending climate catastrophe.

Reply to  Bernie Roseke
January 26, 2016 2:24 pm

Bernie Roseke: I agree Justin Trudeau is not pro oil. But he is pro getting re-elected again. The vote change started in the Maritimes last election. He wants to keep that constituency happy. Unemployment in the Maritimes is very high and would be HIGHER except for all the Maritimers working in Saskatchewan and Alberta. With the western oil patch losing thousands of jobs and Maritimers heading home, a pipeline to the refineries in the east will boost employment and assist in is re-election next time around. He’ll be able to say how he helped employment in the east at the same time as getting western oil to market.
It’s a good move politically. He has also promised a “Green Bond” fund, Carbon Taxes, and subsidies for wind, solar, and other “alternative” energies and removal of all “subsidies” for fossil fuels. (see their platform).
That is clearly not pro-oil but it will all be done stealthily. A pick pocket doesn’t want you to know your pocket is being picked so diversion is a necessary part of the scam. The Middle Class and people who saved for their retirement are having their pockets picked while JT says he is taxing the rich. Sure.
Feeding time. Gotta go chip some ice.

January 26, 2016 5:37 am

It is kind of hollow for DiCaprio to talk about business greed and ignore the greed of his own profession. It is easy to criticize another nations energy plans and ignore the same faults in your own country. Where was DiCaprio when Canada was applying for permission to build the Keystone pipeline and was delayed for 7 years due to phoney environmental excuses, while at the same time US was busy building 12000 miles of new pipelines all over US. Sorry, Leonardo , but you come across as a false crusader . You show little credibility.

Reply to  herkimer
January 26, 2016 5:48 am

Trudeau/Coderre Press Conference just over Respect for others Bla bla bla phoney environmental excuses . Trudeau has been bought out by the Greens Get over it. Reform Party must return.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Russell
January 26, 2016 9:20 am

First we have to somehow “reform” most Canadians. I was flabbergasted when he got voted in. I think he’s a nice boy and all, but this is an adult job.

Reply to  Russell
January 26, 2016 7:40 pm

Gary – Canadians have a funny way of electing governments. Trudeau wasn’t elected. Harper was tossed out. Same in Alberta. The NDP weren’t elected. Jim Prentiss was tossed out. His “look in the mirror” comment is pretty close to Katherine Wynnes’ comment on power supply in Ontario.
We tend to un-elect incumbents we have become tired of or angry with, and as you saw, people just follow the crowd with what they think is the most likely replacement.
Socialism – where everyone gets the same whether they work for it or not – that’s the Liberal and NDP policy. Mind you, all politicians in Canada are pretty close to centre left.

Dave in Canmore
Reply to  herkimer
January 26, 2016 7:40 am

DiCaprio charges 20 MILLION dollars per movie and with a straight face talks about other people’s greed? Pathetic.

George Lawson
January 26, 2016 6:14 am

Let’s be fair to DiCaprio, he’s only an actor whose world revolves around repeating what other people say or write. Their world does not demand too much intelligence or interlectual thought. They do not have to have too much between the ears to do their job.Their only other requirement for their profession is to create as much publicity as they can about themselves in order to get more acting commissions, which is precisely what he did at Davos. The people that should take criticism about what he said are the organisers of the conference who dicided to give him a platform from which to project his personal publicity.

Reply to  George Lawson
January 26, 2016 6:18 am

Its most notable proponent is Oscar Wilde, who opined in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”.

January 26, 2016 6:28 am

DiCaprio should be paying about one thousand times (or more) the regular price for aviation fuel and for his cars and homes, and then he’ll start to live in the same world as the rest of us.
When I hear the Trudeau name, I know that good things are several years over the horizon.

January 26, 2016 9:11 am

Did you hear that? That was my irony sensor exploding. A multi-millionaire entertainer that lives in the U.S., criticizing the oil industry from Europe. I’m afraid I will no longer be able to sense irony after this one.

January 26, 2016 9:21 am

I have always thought that the oil and gas pipelines should shut down for a week in the middle of January for 48 hours… know, sort of like “Earth Hour”….to show solidarity with “The Earth”. It would be interesting to see how well society fares through that period of time. Might actually wake some flakes up from their slumber.

Gary Pearse
January 26, 2016 9:22 am

There is a backroom of battle-scared Liberals running the show, so I guess it was okay for the party to put a pretty face on their agenda.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
January 26, 2016 9:27 am

You don”t mean Jean Chretien

Paul Coppin
Reply to  Russell
January 26, 2016 11:22 am

Paul Martin

January 26, 2016 9:48 am

How about the average worker in Canada that drives to work in fossil fuel powered vehicles? Do they not even get noticed other than paying the taxes to drive whole government labyrinth? Or do the only Canadians that count live along a rail line?

Reply to  Resourceguy
January 26, 2016 9:58 am

The Government understands that the average person will trust them.I had heard the above quote from a positivist friend some time ago. Also, the dictionaries define “faith” as a “belief that is not based on proof” or an “unreasoned belief”.

January 26, 2016 10:29 am

He has no choice but to say something, or watch regional elections turn against the urban Utopian elitists.

Paul Coppin
Reply to  Resourceguy
January 26, 2016 11:23 am

Regional elections mean nothing in Canada to a federal politician.

January 26, 2016 10:56 am

Deflection from green greed. Di Caprio has a secret friend.

January 26, 2016 11:17 am

“……greed was causing climate change”. He might have a point if we shorten the message slightly – but it has little to do with the oil industry.

Paul Coppin
January 26, 2016 11:32 am

The Adolescent apparently has nothing to do as PM. He will be in Toronto this week to sit in on a CTV version of “The View”, called “The Social” (of course, being Canadian, its not a b*tch fest like the view, but equally vacuous). He’s going to promote “mental health” – an ironic joke – since the federal public service pumped that horse all last year, and yet did nothing to facilitate anything at all. I lost two staffers last year who couldn’t re-enter the workplace after MH issues because their managers couldn’t get a grip on why they were off in the first place. I’m perennially surprised that when you see his selfies, he’s actually in the picture, there’s so little substance there.

January 26, 2016 11:46 am

Empty vessels make the best noise.
Trudeau is play acting
Canada is on the brink of separation.
The vote split geographically down the middle, the traditional thieves are back in power and the economy is diving.
The new Prime Minister will make the divisions worse, the arrogance and incompetence of his party and self is their badge of honour..Fools are not aware they become bandits.
We have a moral divide, in the east canadians have consistently rewarded corrupt and destructive politicians.
In the west the voters have consistently shown these same types the door.
Equalization has been a poison pill, the feds take from the productive regions and reward the lazy spendthrift provinces.
The anger of the west over the last betrayal, the National Energy programme, was slowly fading away.
This current bunch of politicians will fix that.
Reform will return,as “The West is out”.

January 26, 2016 11:52 am

Trudeau wasn’t elected on a green platform. The Canadian media, specifically the CBC, did everything they could to keep the subject of climate change action out of the election coverage. If Canadians knew his plan was to implement carbon taxes and drive the price of electricity through the roof, he would have lost votes.

January 26, 2016 12:44 pm

maybe Dicaprio should make a new movie “Blood Carbon”.
Justine Trudeau is a retard. Not meant as ad hominem, I really think he is retarded. In the classical sense.

January 26, 2016 6:54 pm

Interesting that the source of this story is Trudeau himself. I would be interested to hear Leonardo’s version of events.

January 26, 2016 7:51 pm

Justin Trudeau, talking out of the other side of his mouth, announced new, onerous “global warming” restrictions on any new Canadian oil pipelines, from which OPEC oil imports will remain exempt.
Does he not see the disconnect with what he just said to Leo?

January 27, 2016 9:18 am

According to Leonardo DiCaprio, the chinook wind, a common winter event in Alberta, is unprecedented proof of manmade global warming:
DiCaprio … deserves all of the scorn and ridicule he’s so far endured.

January 27, 2016 11:26 am

You can see how the CO2 argument is really a universal trump card to be played anywhere and everywhere.

January 27, 2016 1:45 pm

To the NFL fans out there, think of Justin Trudeau as Canada’s equivalent to Johnny Manziel. A privileged upbringing where everyone told him how great he is, never heard the word “no”, some limited success at low level work, and suddenly failing upwards to a high level where he is woefully unable. But it doesn’t matter because it’s little more than a hobby to him at this point.

January 31, 2016 12:26 am

“He actually said if we took concrete action on climate change he would be the first to come up and celebrate with us.”
Holy shitface charlie, I better get my act together else I will never get to see Mr. Decrapio from across the street in my home town, or where I can perhaps press my face to the outside of the window pane and gawk in awe watching the famous celebrities inside the ballroom. Something I would die to live for, eh!

johann wundersamer
February 6, 2016 1:03 pm

and still aghasted why Arnie, the alpine Barbarian,
in the artificial mythology created by Robert E. Howard in which the sword and sorcery tales of Conan the Barbarian are set.
spoke just 1+ word not to reveal his alpine barbaric austrian heritage.
Wasn’t it about barbaric styrian wordless Barbarei?
Hey Arnie, just one barbaric syllable more: slaughtering Silence, natural.
Formulate Glock, Steyr-Mannlicher, not that shy.
From the heart – just another Hans

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