ROTHENBURGER – Suzuki row shows risk of relying on corporate funding

David Suzuki.

If corporate donations are going to be clawed back over something as unimportant as an honorary doctorate to an unpopular environmentalist, what will happen when something really serious happens?

SOME OF OUR friends from next door should take a pill. They’re so over-wrought they’re losing their focus, snapping like a blind dog without a bone.

Albertans are peeved over the Trans Mountain pipeline standoff, and that’s OK. But things got silly this week when a vocal number of them became all agitated over plans by the University of Alberta to give environmentalist David Suzuki an honorary doctorate.

Suzuki, of course, is a staunch and frequent critic of the Alberta tar sands and a strong advocate of alternative energy.

To listen to the outrage over there, you’d think he was an enemy of the people.


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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Suzuki row shows risk of relying on corporate funding

  1. Evidently you have no idea of the numbers of people who feel nothing but distain for DAVID SUZUKI, his seemingly parasitic existence and really, ask yourself, what has he done other than enrich his personal existance?

  2. Why give an honorary degree to a hypocrite? Shows really how meaningless they are. Even Trudeau is getting one from an American University

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