TRUDEAU’S MEDDLING IN BRAZIL AN AFFRONT TO BOTH BRAZILIANS AND CANADIANS

Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron during G7 meeting last Monday.

Federal government’s unwelcome meddling in Brazil’s sovereign matters an affront to both Brazilians and Canadians says PPC’s Guto Penteado.

SASKATOON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s $15 million offer for forest fire containment in Brazil is nothing more than a brazen political manoeuvre heading into Canada’s 43rd general election, says the People’s Party of Canada’s Saskatoon-University candidate Guto Penteado.

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that members of the G7 group of countries would pledge about $26.5 million to help combat forest fires in the South American country. Prime Minister Trudeau added another $15 million and offered the use of Canadian water bombers. The announcements came just days after a group of celebrities and environmentalists set off unsubstantiated alarms about the issue.

“Trudeau has been spending millions of dollars around the world for personal political gain instead of using those financial resources to help Canadians, such as the veterans, Indigenous communities and others,” Penteado said today. “Once again, Canadians needing help are forgotten while Trudeau’s boutique offer to Brazil makes headlines.” 

Guto Penteado, a Brazilian Canadian who immigrated to the country 17 years ago, suggests it is somewhat ironic that the federal government has an immediate source of money at hand to aid a country that, at first, refused the offer. Meanwhile, Canadian First Nations people, armed forces veterans, low-income seniors and tens of thousands of unemployed Western Canadians remain either unemployed, unsubsidized or unrecognized.

“The information we are receiving about Brazil wildfires is misleading and biased,” Guto Penteado said, noting that there has been an increase in forest fire activities in his country of origin, but the number involving the Amazon Rainforest has actually decreased.

Guto Penteado moved to Canada from Brazil at the age of 35. He still has close ties to the country, both with family and an angling outfitting company in the Amazon Rainforest.

“The information we are receiving about Brazil wildfires is misleading and biased,” Guto Penteado said, noting that there has been an increase in forest fire activities in his country of origin, but the number involving the Amazon Rainforest has actually decreased.

“Brazil had the highest incidence of wildfires during the 2003 to 2008 period when the country was under the command of President Lula of the Workers Party, yet he was not accused of putting the Amazon at risk like (Brazilian President) Jair Bolsonaro has been.”

“The idea that the Amazon Rainforest is the “lungs of the world” is a myth due to its natural development.
The same amount of oxygen produced by the Amazon Forest is absorbed by the forest itself through respiration,” Guto said.

*Plants use respiration to convert nutrients from the soil into energy. They use photosynthesis to convert light into chemical energy, which can later be used in respiration.

Guto Penteado added that the idea that the Amazon Rainforest is the “lungs of the world” is a myth due to its natural development. The same amount of oxygen produced by the Amazon Forest is absorbed by the forest itself through respiration,” he said.

Guto Penteado said President Bolsonaro and previous administrations have taken several steps to improve the management of the Amazon region, including the reduction of deforestation. Land grants have been provided to Indigenous peoples; environmental regulations and licensing programs have been introduced to manage the area’s agricultural, forestry and infrastructural activities;  and command and control programs have been implemented. These actions led to a 70 per cent decline in deforestation from 2004 to 2012. It has risen modestly since, but remains at one-quarter of its 2004 peak.

“Bolsonaro shouldn’t accept any help from political leaders like Macron or Trudeau who are conspiring against Brazil’s sovereignty over the Amazon. The majority of Brazilians who elected Bolsonaro fully support him on the Amazon’s sovereignty and condemn Macron’s criticism of the Brazilian leader.”

The majority of Brazilians who elected Jair Bolsonaro fully support him on the Amazon’s sovereignty, and condemn French President Emmanuel Macron’s criticism of the Brazilian leader.

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