The following are quotes or referenced comments quoted in the media on August 7.
“It’s obviously in the vital interest of Canada and in the vital interest of British Columbia, to diversify export markets into Asia.” (particular reference to the national interests that allow “radical” as well as foreign-funded environmentalists to be regarded as enemies of the state)
“Science, not economics, (or politics), will determine fate of pipeline.”
My government “does not pick and choose particular projects.”
The Conservative government announced in the spring that cabinet, and not the National Energy Board, will now make the final decision on pipeline projects in the “national interest” – including Northern Gateway.
Honestly, I have never seen clearer examples of the walk not matching the talk. Considering the “death of evidence” campaign by the scientific community in this country, I would say that the emphasis on science is purely a “spin” tactic, part of the “image (how it looks) industry,” or maybe he is talking about economic “science.” Just what we need.
Regarding the “obviously” adjective, Harper uses “obviously” with a frequency unmatched. Does he not realize that hidden within this term is the firm position that if you do not see the situation the same way he does, you are missing something? I have noticed over time, in publications, news broadcasts, and YouTube videos, Stephen Harper uses this term repeatedly. There is a huge message here. He believes that the world according to him is close to the truth.
That is dangerous territory.