Halifax — Even though the prime minister is not out of the woods for his oil sands comments, his latest remarks about natural resources are leaving many to question if he can see the forest for the trees.
Last week, Justin Trudeau threw a match onto gasoline when he mentioned “shut[ting] down the oil sands” on his cross-country listening tour. This morning at a town hall in Halifax, the prime minister doubled-down saying that Canadians should also enhance forestry conservation by “phasing out the use of wood.”
“People all over the world think that the prototypical Canadian is a tree-killing lumberjack,” claimed Trudeau on the stump. “We need to leave that perception in the past and branch out into alternatives to wood- and tree-based products.”
Trudeau outlined his position saying that one tree produces the oxygen for 10 people per year, and forests store a huge amount of carbon that would otherwise be in the atmosphere causing climate change. While saying that clear-cutting and deforestation are still common problems across the globe, he argued that they are viable alternatives to using wood for common products.
“Who needs newspaper anymore with the advancement of handheld technology and the Internet?” asked Trudeau. “Also, for construction wouldn’t it be more environmentally friendly to use materials like rocks, mud and soil to build our houses? Sod houses are a Canadian tradition, and we can update them for the 21st century.
“Finally, reusable cloth ‘toilet paper‘ or even fresh maple leaves are great alternatives to traditional toilet paper. They may take a little getting used to, but it’s an amazing way to make going to the bathroom more climate-friendly.”
While Trudeau is passionate about saving the saplings, his opponents are saying that his bark is worse than his bite. “It will take more than the typical Ottawa ‘logrolling‘ for Trudeau to get support for this idea,” snickered Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose.
She concluded, “We need to know how much wood would the PM chuck if the PM could chuck wood.”