Julie Payette dares to be interesting with comments on climate, astrology, and divine intervention

Nov 7, 2017

By Aaron Wherry

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette said a few interesting things on Wednesday night. And if that’s interesting it’s because governors general generally tend to avoid saying particularly interesting things.

Addressing a science conference in Ottawa, Payette argued for the need for greater public acceptance and knowledge of science. In doing so, she made dismissive references to astrology, the notion of “divine intervention” in the creation of life and those who doubt the scientific consensus that humans are significantly responsible for the warming planet.

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette addresses science conference.

Such stuff is probably not out of place at a science conference. And Payette is an individual of science, a former astronaut and engineer. But she is also now the governor general, Canada’s unelected and non-partisan de facto head of state  — a unifying figure and an impartial guardian of the democratic order who is supposed to exist above and beyond politics.

And that is where things get interesting.

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9 comments on “Julie Payette dares to be interesting with comments on climate, astrology, and divine intervention

  • Gov. Gen. Julie Payette addresses science conference.

    Such stuff is probably not out of place at a science conference. And Payette is an individual of science, a former astronaut and engineer.

    Who better to address a science conference than someone with science qualifications and experience?

    But she is also now the governor general,
    Canada’s unelected and non-partisan de facto head of state —
    a unifying figure and an impartial guardian of the democratic order
    who is supposed to exist above and beyond politics.

    Shouldn’t science be “beyond politics” anyway! We can see the ludicrous effects of White House politics incompetently intruding into science!

    @ – link – In those moments, it is vital that the public have faith in the governor general’s objectivity.

    Scientific training and scientific work is an excellent qualification for public recognition of an objective mind!

    She could also claim some royal precedent: Prince Charles is outspoken on the issue of climate change and once referred to skeptics as a “headless chicken brigade.”

    Even Charles managed to get that one right!

    but it is not much contested within the House of Commons.

    In June, for instance,
    the House endorsed the Paris accord by a vote of 277 to 1
    (Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant being the lone dissenter).
    Each of the three major national parties promised action on climate change in their 2015 election platforms.
    And perhaps only two current members — Gallant and fellow Conservative MP Brad Trost —
    have publicly questioned the scientific consensus on climate change.

    Clearly the UK does not elect significant numbers of the same class of science denying idiots, as some areas of the USA!



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  • You mean Canada, not U.K. 🙂
    While science education in Canada is better than the US, we still have our own religious right though much smaller.
    Payette was addressing a science conference so most Canadians consider her remarks appropriate.



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  • Angela #2
    Nov 8, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    You mean Canada, not U.K. ?

    You are correct that the pasted quote referring to The House of Commons refers to Canada , not the UK, although the Prince Charles quote above it is from the UK. Thanks for correcting and clarifying the point.

    The UK does not elect significant numbers of the same class of science denying idiots, as some areas of the USA , but unfortunately does elect more than Canada’s two to the Westminster House of Commons in London! – (Especially some prominent Brexiteering buffoons!)



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  • @OP – Canada’s unelected and non-partisan de facto head of state — a unifying figure and an impartial guardian of the democratic order who is supposed to exist above and beyond politics.

    That does not mean that they have to ignore substantive evidence, and pander to every idiot who wears some sort of political badge!

    Communication satellites and historical Moon-Landings, are NOT CONTROVERSIAL, simply because Flat-Earthists or conspiracy theorists say so!



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  • quarecuss #5
    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:13 am

    she is stirring things up in the rightwing press here

    @link It’s that the referee shouldn’t stick their nose into the game.

    As we know – when a bunch of muppets wander on to the pitch during a game, referees should not “stick their noses in” by sending them off if they are wearing know-it-all religion badges! 🙂

    The problem with such views isn’t their validity or merit.

    What do referees know about the validity of rule books? 🙂

    We all know that any bunch of unqualified clowns can wander onto the pitch during a match – and join in with the other professional teams kicking the ball around as they see fit – according to their own rules if their (and his) god-delusion say that is OK! 🙂

    We can see the whizzdumb of this faith-thinking SUN editor!

    The world’s full of nitwits with Twitter accounts who think they have licence to lecture those they disagree with.

    Our Governor General shouldn’t be one of them.

    . . . .Said the SUN’s lecturing chief editorial nitwit, without a flicker of irony! !



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  • Just remember, religious leaders have the absolute truth! They can’t have some of these so-called scientists questioning their absolute word! So read the Scriptures, end of discussion



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  • Alan4discussion #7
    Nov 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    The world’s full of nitwits with Twitter accounts, who think they have licence to lecture those they disagree with.

    . . . .Said the SUN’s lecturing chief editorial nitwit, without a flicker of irony! !

    One of the key differences between the US junk media (and for that matter the junk media globally), who are puppets in the pocket of corporate interests and advertisers; – and an independent broadcaster or publisher:- is in the quality, education, and integrity of the staff, appointed to senior positions!

    There are historical reasons why channels like the BBC have integrity, innovation, and inspirational science programmes!

    Spot the contrast with the propagandist muppet editor, who wrote the piece in the link!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Attenborough#BBC_administration

    Sir David Frederick Attenborough, OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS, FLS, FZS, FSA (UK: /ˈætənbərə/; born 8 May 1926)[2][3] is an English veteran broadcaster and naturalist.

    He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on the planet.
    He is also a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.

    With a mission to make BBC Two’s output diverse and different from that offered by other networks, he began to establish a portfolio of programmes that defined the channel’s identity for decades to come. Under his tenure, music, the arts, entertainment, archaeology, experimental comedy, travel, drama, sport, business, science and natural history all found a place in the weekly schedules.
    Often, an eclectic mix was offered within a single evening’s viewing. Programmes he commissioned included Man Alive, Call My Bluff, Chronicle, Life, One Pair of Eyes, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and The Money Programme.
    When BBC Two became the first British channel to broadcast in colour in 1967, Attenborough took advantage by introducing televised snooker, as well as bringing rugby league to British television on a regular basis via the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy.

    One of his most significant decisions was to order a 13-part series on the history of Western art, to show off the quality of the new UHF colour television service that BBC Two offered.
    Broadcast to universal acclaim in 1969, Civilisation set the blueprint for landmark authored documentaries, which were informally known as “tombstone” or “sledgehammer” projects. Others followed, including Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man (also commissioned by Attenborough), and Alistair Cooke’s America.
    Attenborough thought that the story of evolution would be a natural subject for such a series. He shared his idea with Chris Parsons, a producer at the Natural History Unit, who came up with the title Life on Earth and returned to Bristol to start planning the series.




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