Governor General Julie Payette: We Have To Remain Vigilant

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With the crazy year of weather we have had, it is shocking that there are still people out there who deny global warming exists or that our climate is changing but these people do exist. they are, out there.

Only a month into her new role as Governor General, Julie Payette is already making waves after a controversial speech in which she denounced advocates of climate change and even took a swipe at religious beliefs.

Speaking at the ninth annual Canadian Science Policy Convention in Ottawa she called on former colleagues to do what they can to reduce the spread of mis-information ranging on topics from health and medicine to even horoscopes.

“Can you believe that still today in learned society, in houses of government, unfortunately, we’re still debating and still questioning whether humans have a role in the earth warming up or whether even the earth is warming up, period,” she asked.

“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.”

The audience was unsure how to respond to her words, with some people giggling at some of the points she was making, but many, not.

As for Prime Minister Trudo’s reaction to her speech, he applauded her conviction and willingness to stand up for science.

“Democracy and society have always gained from learned debate but we have to remain vigilant and we cannot let ourselves fall into complacency and we must be vocal, all the time, everywhere, every single one of us, so we can deconstruct misinformation and don’t end up in an echo chamber just listening to what we want to hear,” Payette added.

Payette is the second astronaut to be part of the Trudeau government, along with Transport Minister Marc Garneau. She was originally trained as a computer engineer and in 1999 was the first Canadian to set foot inside the International Space Station.

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Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca


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