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EZRA LEVANT - If David Suzuki were a conservative, his career would be over

David Suzuki

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EZRA LEVANT | QMI AGENCY

On Tuesday in this space, I broke the news that David Suzuki — who condemns capitalism at every turn — billed a Quebec junior college $30,000 for a speech last October. Including expenses, Suzuki cost John Abbott College a whopping $41,640.

Maybe he’s worth it. He is a celebrity, after all. But it’s unseemly, from such a vicious critic of conspicuous capitalism.

The real scandal, though, was a request made by Suzuki’s assistant. According to Mary Milburn of the dean’s office, “we have learned, via Dr. Suzuki’s assistant, that although the Dr. does not like to have bodyguards per se, he does not mind having a couple of ladies (females) that would act as body guards.”

Fulfilling this request became a priority for Milburn. She asked Jim Anderson to round up a bevy of his students for Suzuki.

“Jim, have you selected the female students to escort Dr. Suzuki?”

Anderson got with the plan. His orders: “Please be certain that the women are nicely dressed, we don’t want them in evening gowns, but definitely not police tech uniforms.”

What a bunch of sexist creeps. (Meanwhile, the college denied the allegations, saying there was no rider in Suzuki’s contract specifying the gender or dress code of students escorting him throughout the day and e-mails were misinterpreted. Both male and female students escorted Suzuki during his visit.)

It’s gross. But it’s even grosser when you know about Suzuki’s obsession with sex. Here’s page 378 of his recent autobiography: “Sex has been a driving force in my life ... Only as age has brought relief from the high titer of sex hormones have I been freed of thinking of sex once a minute. Now it’s about every five minutes.”

Funny, right? But he’s not joking. Page 28: “Like any boy going through puberty, I had sex on the brain.” Page 29: “As adolescent hormones coursed through my body, I became consumed by thoughts of sex.” Page 50: “My, how we talked, mostly about genetics but also about sex.”

Page 97: “There was rampant experimentation with drugs and sex” at the University of British Columbia “before the 1980s,” (but he notes he didn’t use LSD).

Suzuki even wrote about his family’s sex life. Page 378: “I am delighted to see the role sex plays in the lives of Tara and my daughters.”

What father says that? And he talks about his parents having sex, too. Page 6: “On occasion we could overhear their active sex life.”

Suzuki’s interest in college girls isn’t new: “I was scheduled to give a talk at Carleton University in Ottawa ... I noticed a sensationally beautiful woman sitting near the front. With long, blond hair, a full mouth, and high cheekbones ... The sensational woman was Tara Cullis ... She was twenty-two; I was thirty-five.” She would soon become his second wife.

This is the man who wanted the all-girl escort. If Suzuki were a conservative, his career would be over, and his college enablers, too.

But there’s a double standard when it’s a liberal hero who treats women like objects.

But what about the Income Tax Act? New Data Enterprises, the private corporation run by Suzuki and his wife, invoiced for the speech. But when this sexism scandal broke, it was Suzuki’s charitable foundation that did the PR damage control from him.

Since when is that charitable work?

But there’s more. According to the David Suzuki Foundation’s charitable returns, they paid $58,242 to New Data for “administrative staff resources for scheduling, liaison and other administrative support.” Did that include calling up colleges to make requests for special all-girl escorts?

New Data isn’t a charity. It’s a money-making machine. David Suzuki himself isn’t a charity. He’s a tycoon.

But taxpayers paid for at least some of Suzuki’s corporate staffing — just like taxpayers paid for his career at the CBC, and at the National Film Board, and John Abbott College.

Ordinary Canadians can’t pass off office help as “charity.” Because ordinary Canadians aren’t left-wing heroes.

But if normal rules about how to treat women don’t apply to Suzuki, why should something as trivial as a tax law apply to him, too?

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