08.04.2019 04:40 AM

When words no longer have meaning


  1. Bryan Moir says:

    There was a reason why many conservatives left the party when Campbell became leader. Her thoughtless words and careless use of language prove that their decision to leave in 1992 was the correct one.

  2. Selling a product you know will likely cause the death of tens to hundreds of millions while lying about it seems like it should fall under the category of crimes against humanity.

    We need a new category of crime for this, because it’s not the first time this has happened. Cigarette companies knew they product caused cancer even before the scientific consensus but denied it for decades. Antacid companies knew ulcars where caused by bacteria that could be easily cured, but hid it, losing out on a Nobel Prize. I’m sure there are many other examples, large and small.

    • Nick M. says:

      Low cost and affordable energy improves the quality of our lives.

      Tobacco doesn’t.

      Any questions?

      • Does this low cost energy take externalities into account?

        • Nick M. says:

          Tobacco has no benefits. Just brings pain to all.

          Pathetic to relate the two.

          And if going down that route why not sue the Rockefeller family fortune whose wealth is attributed to this. Not the new generation of workers who are finding ways to reduce emission levels.

          • doconnor says:

            I’m sure some tobacco users perceive some benefits, especially those who dismiss the long term consequences.

            I’m suggesting jailing (not suing) those who knowingly understate the dangers of their products or suppress significant scientific information about them. J. D. Rockefeller lived long before the there was scientific consensus on climate change in 1980.

            I do realize getting a conviction to stick on a change like this would be difficult, but it would act as a powerful deterrent.

          • Nick M. says:

            “I’m sure some tobacco users perceive some benefits, especially those who dismiss the long term consequences.”

            I don’t want to get into back and forth at all, especially on someone else’s blog post. But do you realize how hoity-toity this statement is, it sounds like a statement from an elitist who thinks he knows better than everyone. Smoking and Tobacco in general is an addiction, it makes people sick, and tears families apart.

            Second, the idea of supporting a lynch mob to jail retired people in the oil industry is maddening. To think that somehow the system could hold McCarthy style investigations into everyones lives, and pluck the few who are guilty is sick.

            Shake my head.

  3. Peter says:

    Those who insist on expanded meanings of these emotionally-charged words can’t also insist they keep packing their highly evocative original punch. If Canada committed genocide, the U.S. is running concentration camps, oil companies are committing crimes against humanity and it’s a human right to demand somebody shave your junk, people are going to start taking a ho-hum attitude to such concepts. You can see this going on right now in the States with the word racism. Trump is a racist, anybody who wears a MAGA hat is a racist and, now more and more, anyone that is thinking of voting for him is a racist. A few decades ago, that was a damning, destructive, humiliating charge. Now more and more people are just responding “Yea, whatever.”

  4. whyshouldIsellyourwheat says:

    Observation: This person is the chair of the committee creating the short list for Supreme Court Justice nominations.

    I don’t think we should be concerned! -)


    • Ronald O'Dowd says:


      Campbell is more figurehead than anything else, given the fact that she has never been a Quebec Bar member. She will, quite properly, play a secondary advisory role. She won’t be doing the heavy lifting as regards this appointment.

    • Mark says:

      And Trudeau’s SCC appointments are arguably the best decisions he has made as PM. Do you have any other arguments?

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