BONOKOSKI: Western alienation as ugly as any vandal’s word

The shocking spray-painted vulgarity splashed last week across the image of former climate change minister Catherine McKenna’s face at her campaign headquarters in downtown Ottawa was just a word.

A very ugly word, granted, but just a word.

Those who railed against it, however, failed in their condemnation to recognize that Justin Trudeau’s climate-change policy, hyped continuously by McKenna, has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Albertans being unemployed, mentally broken and surrounded by bankruptcies.

At it’s most basic level, there’s anger.

It began in 2015 when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an omnipotent cartel, was unwilling to stabilize or “prop up” oil markets when its benchmark crude oil price had fallen a whopping 50% since the organization decided against cutting production at a 2014 meeting in Vienna.

Beyond worries about having to pay the mortgage or rent, to make car payments and feed their children, too many in the oil-and-gas sector have been beaten to the core and are losing their will to prevail.

And then they get a federal Liberal government that has all but abandoned Albertans to economically wither with multi-billions of dollars in revenues left untapped in the oilsands because of the Trudeau-McKenna fear-factor campaign to personally save the world from its “climate crisis.”

Most Canadians believe climate change must be addressed, but at what cost? It is not as if the entire world’s reliance on fossil fuels like oil and natural gas is nearing its end because nothing could be further from the truth.

It is still the main driver of the global economy, but multi-millions of dollars from U.S.-based outfits like the Rockefeller Brother’s Fund are financing the propaganda campaigns of activists in Canada to ensure the oilsands are landlocked forever.

Enough has been written that should prove to most rational-thinking Canadians that the Trudeau-Liberals’ carbon tax will not come even close to reaching the targets it has promised, and is doing nothing more than raising the cost of putting gas in the car, heating homes in the frigid months of the Great White North, and adding costs to feeding their families because food in Canada has no option other than being shipped to their communities by ground or air transport.

Does anyone truly wonder why a jug of orange juice in Nunavut can cost $27?

Would it be because it is a 16-plus hour flight (costing upwards of $11,000 return if a passenger) and over 2,500 kilometres from Toronto?