Degrassi Junior High “Smokescreen” (part 4 of 4)
The next day, Caitlin, Rick, and Susie are headed to the factory to deliver the petition. They cross the street, and Rick almost gets hit by a car, so focused is he on delivering the petition. Or maybe he really is dumb as a post, and too stupid to remember the lesson about looking both ways. The three kids stand on the sidewalk and look up at the factory. Caitlin suggests just mailing the petition, but Rick yells, “Come on!” I guess he really, really hated having to keep his windows closed in the summertime.
Now they’re sitting in the lobby of the factory, on a big couch. Out walks a dweeby guy in a suit and big SJR glasses who sits down across from them, and over his right shoulder we see some of the wonderfully generic products the factory produces: “automatic dishwasher detergent”, “liquid soap”, “oven cleaner”, etc. Hey, oven cleaner! It’s Wheels’ aftershave! No wonder this factory is pumping out toxic fumes.
Caitlin explains that they’re here to present a petition asking the factory to “stop polluting”. What, is that all? Well, in that case, shut it down, boys! I can only assume there’s a big on-off switch somewhere labeled “POLLUTE”.
Dweeby Corporate Weasel explains that their emissions are “completely within the acceptable Ministry guidelines!” Ministry? Say what? Oh, right, this is taking place in Canada. I was actually wondering what, if anything, Al Jourgensen had to do with any of this.
Susie brings up how “the newspaper” said the “tests were fake”. I have no idea what that means. So Corporate Weasel Guy breaks it down for the kids, explaining to Susie all about the lying leftard liberal media, and how they make up stuff to sell newspapers, and they “love a good story” and so forth. However, being a corporate weasel and all, he doesn’t outright deny anything; he just says that “nothing’s been proven” and leaves it at that.
I guess the insinuation is that the factory is corrupt, and somehow faking the results of their emissions tests. But you know what? I think kids can get that pollution is bad without making the factory executives out to be Bond villains. There’s plenty of perfectly legal pollution going on in this world, and it’s just silly and unnecessary to add on a whole corruption angle.