Ms Ambrose cites the Tory Clean Air Act - legislation so thoroughly criticized by Canadian media and opposition parties that she can no longer talk about it in her own country - as proof of the Conservative's commitment.
Fortunately, the international community is not buying her line any more than Canadians are. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin responded to Canadian inaction by urging the European Union to impose a punitive import tax on goods from countries such as Canada that refuse to sign on to a tougher second phase of the global warming deal.
Dominique de Villepin said countries that do not commit to new targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions should not be allowed to benefit by avoiding the costs associated with reducing global warming. He said France would make specific proposals for the European Union to discuss in the new year.Environment Minister Rona Ambrose was not aware of the details of the French proposal
The other thing that Ms. Ambrose seems unaware of is that her Conservatives are a minority government, representing a minority of Canadians. The majority of this country supports Kyoto as well as strong action on climate change, so it is you Ms Ambrose who are attempting to divide the country on this issue. Not the other way around.