Andrew Scheer says it’s “extremely disappointing” that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is lauding the governor normal’s controversial speech at a science convention.
The Tory chief mentioned the PM “offended millions of Canadians” by saying he was happy with Julie Payette after she appeared to criticize individuals who query local weather change or consider in creationism.
In flip, Scheer’s feedback Friday drew a return volley from Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts.
People of religion know that local weather change is actual, and the world just isn’t flat. https://t.co/7iZ4Vk7aY5
— Gerald Butts ?? (@gmbutts) November three, 2017
“People of faith know that climate change is real, and the world is not flat,” Butts wrote.
The controversy kicked off on Wednesday when Payette spoke on the annual conference of the Canadian Science Policy Centre. The former astronaut and engineer instructed the viewers she discovered it shocking that some components of society and “houses of government” nonetheless questioned the function of people in local weather change.
“And we are still debating and still questioning whether life was a divine intervention or whether it was coming out of a natural process let alone, oh my goodness, a random process,” she mentioned.
Asked to reply to Payette’s phrases, Trudeau mentioned his authorities and Canadians normally perceive the significance of science: “I applaud the firmness with which she stands in support of science and the truth.”
PM not supporting religion teams: Scheer
On Facebook, Scheer took intention at Trudeau for praising the GG’s speech.
“It is extremely disappointing that the Prime Minister will not support Indigenous peoples, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Christians and other faith groups who believe there is truth in their religion,” Scheer mentioned on Friday, linking to an article about Trudeau’s response.
Payette’s speech drew sharp reactions on social media. Some applauded her strategy, whereas others mentioned her feedback aren’t befitting a governor normal. Her phrases additionally gave columnists a lot to write down about.
— David Mitchell (@dmitchellYOW) November 2, 2017
Her sturdy defence of local weather change science is okay. I object to Julie Payette mocking of deeply-held non secular and cultural beliefs
— Patricia Treble (@PatriciaTreble) November three, 2017
One political strategist instructed The Canadian Press that the governor normal’s feedback had been flat-out “mean-spirited.”
“I definitely agree science is key but I think there is a better way to do that without making fun of other people,” Alise Mills mentioned.
With recordsdata from The Canadian Press
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