Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Stephen Harper is a Dead Duck in the Tar Sands

You know, people, you just can’t make this stuff up.

We have, as we speak, a lawsuit going on with regard to over 1600 dead ducks.

As it turns out, when you try to figure out who is responsible for what, Syncrude Canada's largest shareholder is the Canadian Oil Sands Trust, which, as it turns out, is owned by a bunch of Australians called Computershare. Go figure. So much for the National Energy Policy - we sold out to the Aussies for a bunch of dead ducks.

"Syncrude is facing charges under federal and provincial laws in relation to the deaths of 1,600 ducks in a northern Alberta tailings pond in April 2008. The migrating ducks landed on the pond, north of Fort McMurray, and sank to the bottom after being coated in toxic sludge.

"Air cannons used to scare migratory birds away from the tailings pond were not in place. The company has pleaded not guilty. It doesn't dispute that the ducks perished in the tailings pond, but says charges won't accomplish anything. Syncrude also says it did everything it could to keep birds away from the tailings pond. The company says a late winter storm prevented them from putting bird deterrents in place and the birds migrated earlier than usual. Environmentalists and those in the oil industry are watching the trial closely because it could set a precedent for tailings pond operators.

"The federal charge Syncrude is facing falls under the Migratory Birds Convention Act. The law is generally applied only to hunters and companies that dump hazardous chemicals or oil into the water. It has never been applied to a tailings pond operator. If found guilty, Syncrude could face fines of up to $1 million."

It makes me wonder if that crazy guy who won the Silver Medal at the Olympics after Alexandre Bilodeau still has a hate on for Canada and is heavily involved in seeing us destroy ourselves as we seem intent on doing.

But beyond all that, there are at least five reasons why Harper is a dead duck in the water, or sludge:

1. The National Anthem Debacle

This kind of ineptitude speaks for itself.

2. The Rights and Democracy Debacle

This kind of ineptitude speaks for itself.

3. The Afghan Prisoner Debacle

This kind of ineptitude speaks for itself.

4. The Prorogation Debacle

There's nothing to say, really.

5. The Dimitry Soudas-Channels-Josef Goebbels in Copenhagen/Yes Men/Climate Change Debacle.

Some things are just perfect, the way they are.