Updated: Jun 5, 2019
"Renewable energy offers much greater economic spinoffs than a fossil fuel industry on its way out." said Fonda, while flying in a helicopter that consumes 30 gallons of jet fuel an hour.
Jane Fonda, an outspoken critic of the energy industry, was in Fort McMurray, Alta., yesterday to get an aerial tour of the oilsands and express opposition to oilsands projects.
While some remember Fonda from numerous Hollywood productions in the '70s, others remember her for more recent partnerships with environmental extremist organizations such as Geenpeace.
I personally thought she was dead.
But apparently she is alive and on her way to the University of Alberta where she will be among several speakers at Greenpeace convention.
They are expected to detail why they oppose the federal government’s approval of the Line 3 and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, as well as the possible approvals of the KeystoneXL and Energy East projects.
Now would be a good time to quote Fonda as saying she "sympathizes with workers who are concerned about losing their jobs and supports the desire of some First Nations for greater prosperity."
Cause nothing says concern about employment opportunities like blocking an 875 km pipeline that will create over 40,000 new jobs.
During the tour, Fonda described the view below.
"It's like someone took my skin and peeled it off my body over a very large surface," Fonda said after she had lunch with members of the Fort McMurray First Nation. "It made my body ache to watch it."
After her arial tour, Fonda was confronted by multiple Fort McMurray residents such as Robbie Picard, founder of a local advocacy group called OilSands Strong.
Picard asked the 79-year-old actress and activist if she was aware that First Nations businesses in the region have invested many millions of their own dollars in the oilsands.
But Picard was quickly shut down by people travelling with Fonda, who said they did not have time to address his questions.
Moments later, the Fonda entourage was confronted by another local resident, Susan Plamondon.
"Did you fly over the reclamation area?" Plamondon shouted at Fonda.
She then reminded the celebrity guest that 2,500 people lost their homes in May 2016, when a massive wildfire forced about 90,000 residents to leave the city and surrounding communities.
Along with illogical contradictions and a lack of common sense, Fonda is also know for her reputation as "Hanoi Jane" Fonda after "aiding and abetting" the enemy in North Vietnam.
As documented in photos taken in Hanoi (July 1972), "Hanoi" Jane was pictured posing on a north Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun during the peak of the Vietnam war.
Only a few hundred yards from the location of the photograph, American POWs were being subjected to all manner of torture at the "Hanoi Hilton."
Fonda was quoted as calling returning POWs "hypocrites and liars" when they re-told their stories of torture in captivity, as Fonda refused to accept there testimonies after being assured by Vietnamese officers that no torture was occurring during her trip to Hanoi.
So an American actress turned traitor, turned environmental activist decides she knows what's best for Canada's oilsands and it's residents? I don't think so.
Maybe she should have flown over in a hang glider, less carbon footprint.
All that being said, Fonda was great in Scarface.
Was that her?
Oh, Michelle Pfeiffer.
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Jozef Lalka is a former Infantryman with the Canadian Armed Forces and founder of War Doll. Since releasing from the military, Jozef continues to rigorously train and expand his knowledge of a variety of weapons platforms and tactics.
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