The leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May, has demonstrated once again why Canadian voters have, over more than a quarter of a century, repeatedly rejected her hyperbole and intellectual dishonesty. In a Munk Debate held on Dec. 1 at Toronto, she and British journalist George Monbiot were defeated by Lord Nigel Lawson and Bjorn Lomberg, and May was by far the least effective of the four.
The debate resolution was “Be it resolved climate change is mankind's defining crisis, and demands a commensurate response.” May and Monbiot argued for the affirmative and lost to the two well-known skeptics.
Before the debate, the 1,100 people in the audience cast ballots, with 61 per cent supporting the resolution. At the end of the debate, support had fallen to 53%.
Instead of using rational argument, scientific evidence and some clear thinking Ms. May resorted to ad hominem argument and even tried to link climate change with AIDS in Africa.
Ms. May seems incapable of coherently making her case for Canadians to spend billions of dollars to reverse climate change—much of those billions to be in the form of transfers of hard-earned wealth to less fortunate nations. It is not at all surprising, therefore, that her party lacks credibility among most voters.
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