5.17.2012

When It Comes to Thomas Mulcair, Consider the Source

Of the nuggets of wisdom (what few I have) which I have attempted to pass down to my kids, perhaps the most pertinent is to ‘always consider the source’. When hearing a claim or opinion, go behind the words and study the messenger.

Given the priority issues in our schools – environmentalism, anti-capitalism, political correctness, etc., kids need to learn the skill of critical thinking now more than ever.

This came to mind as a result of recent comments by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. The novice Opposition leader has made headlines by publicly bashing Canada’s oil sands industry directly and Western Canada in general.

Making outrageous claims – similar to those of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty – about Alberta’s energy sector being the cause of alleged destruction of Eastern Canada’s manufacturing industry, Mulcair opened fire on one of his and his party’s favorite targets.

The expected reaction followed with counter-statements from the likes of federal National Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

(As is usual, Albertan’s had to wait for our own Premier Redford’s response. It takes time to consult, discuss, write, vet, re-write, practice, then type a Tweet, you know.)

When Thomas Mulcair learned of the backlash emanating from a place called Common Sense, he showed the dignity and high ethical standard we’ve come to expect from a prominent leftist by bypassing the topic and personally attacking those who disagree, calling them lackeys for P.M. Stephen Harper.

This, right as StatsCan released new statistics which show our Eastern manufacturing sector actually growing and creating jobs – thanks in large part to the oil sands. No word from Mulcair yet if StatsCan is also a minion of Harper.

But the point is the evidence is overwhelming Thomas Mulcair is wrong on the oil sands. Sure, he won’t lose any of the usual NDP socialists who long ago learned to ignore any inconvenient truth that exposes their beliefs as false. And, inexplicably, he will also continue enjoy the support of unions whose members would be negatively impacted if Mulcair’s policies ever came to pass.

Here’s where it is important to consider the source. Mulcair’s defiance in the face of contradictory evidence on the oil sands is just the latest of his bizarre stances.

He showed great hypocrisy by raging against the return of the ‘horrible’ criminal Conrad Black, yet vocally supports and defends convicted terrorist Omar Khadr in his return to Canada. Khadr, murderer/terrorist who is fully indoctrinated in the concept of jihad: good. Black, philanthropist, media baron: bad.

Then there is the 9/11 conspiracy quips. And an apparent UFO encounter.

Mulcair also question the official story of the Usama bin Laden killing, stating: "I don't think from what I've heard that those pictures [of bin Laden's body] exist."

So, here we have someone who fits the classic description of a conspiracy theorist who forms his opinions not on evidence but instead on hearsay and hunch, ignoring statistical evidence in his condemnation of the oil sands industry.

Perhaps too much weight, attention, and credibility have been given to Thomas Mulcair’s anti-oil sands rants, and not enough focus directed at the source of the comments.

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