Saturday, November 29, 2014
The Ghastly Leona Aglukkaq and the Hungry North
We all know that Leona Aglukkaq is a shameless climate change denier and the worst Environment Minister in Canadian history.
We know that she is one of the most aggressive hecklers in the House of Commons, or one of its worst bullies.
Well now she's at it again. Denying that some people in a northern community are so hungry they scavenge food from the local garbage dump.
And bullying people as only a Con could.
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq tried to force an apology from a Nunavut hamlet over statements made by its deputy mayor who said high grocery prices in the community forces dozens of residents to scavenge the local dump for food.
Sam Tutanuak, deputy mayor of Rankin Inlet, said Aglukkaq’s office called the hamlet’s senior administrative officer Wednesday asking for a letter of apology addressed to the minister and the Conservative party.
As well as doing what she usually does in the House of Commons...
On Wednesday, NDP Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair led Question Period on the subject of Nutrition North and referred to the APTN story. He asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper whether he felt “shame” people in the North were getting food at the dump.
Harper sidestepped the question, but Aglukkaq, who sits on the front government bench, began heckling, according to five opposition MPs interviewed by APTN.
“The minister clearly said, over and over again, when anyone mentioned the question of people eating out of garbage dumps, that it wasn’t true,” said NDP MP Carol Hughes.
Yapping like a chained husky, or a rabid Con chihuahua. Then denying even that:
Aglukkaq’s spokesperson Ted Laking said Aglukkaq never said those words during Question Period. “It is false,” said Laking, in an email.
And to make matters even worse, she is now threatening to take her bully act one step further.
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says she is considering all legal options after the deputy mayor of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, said she demanded an apology from him for making disparaging remarks about the federal Nutrition North program.
Even though the Auditor General made it abundantly clear what he thought of the Con Nutrition North program:
The Auditor General of Canada delivered a report Tuesday containing a scathing review of the Harper government’s new Nutrition North food subsidy program for remote Northern communities. Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s report said the federal Aboriginal Affairs department had no way to determine whether the program was making food affordable or improving Northern residents’ access to healthy foods like vegetables.
And some ugly realities cannot be denied...
Not when an estimated thirty per cent of the Inuit are on the verge of starvation. For that reality shames us ALL.
But then the Cons are shameless, and Stephen Harper won't fire Aglukkaq for the reason he chose her to be his Environment Minister: because she's so incompetent.
So all we can do is to keep demanding that more be done to help our hungry people in the North.
Use all of this against the Cons in the next election campaign.
Drive them from power by whatever legal means necessary.
And dump them ALL where they belong....
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