Doesn’t it seem incorrect that the current minority government is refusing to implement laws passed by the majority of Parliament?
“At the time of the bill’s passage, Environment Minister John Baird called it a “toothless tiger” with no consequences or penalties if the conditions of the bill aren’t followed.
The government has hinted strongly that it could simply ignore the law, and would be prepared to face any resulting lawsuits or even a non-confidence motion that could trigger an election.”
I’m no political historian, but I don’t ever remember anything quite like this happening before (but if someone has examples I’d really like to hear them). What Harper is doing is flagrantly un-democratic. A majority of the democratically elected Parliament passed a law, and a minority of Parliament deems themselves wise enough to ignore it.
Also, this next article shows 2 things: a) we could, with heavy investment, meet the Kyoto targets without the massive loss of jobs Harper and Baird claim, and b) Baird cares infinitely more about politics than the environment, for which he is the minister.
Quoting Baird: “We’ve got to get countries like the United States, like China, like India on board [with] efforts to reduce greenhouse gases in a meaningful way,” he said. “Seventy per cent of the world’s emitters were excluded by the Liberals in the previous round. They weren’t successful in getting them on board and that’s a failure.”
Notice that Baird points out a problem, does not suggest any way to solve the problem, instead proceeds to spend the rest of his time blaming the Liberals.
You know what, John? An elected government has to do much more than point out problems and blame the previous government. You have done zero to further environmental causes, rather have cozied up ever closer to the polluters. I hope this is the issue that unseats your government in the next election.