Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Harper Government Sued Over Kyoto Failures

The Conservatives are facing the first global warming lawsuit every launched in Canada following the failure of their revised, and widely criticized, climate change plan showed that they planned to abandon the Kyoto Protocol.

Friends of the Earth Canada has launched a landmark lawsuit today against the Government of Canada for abandoning its international commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. Filed in Federal Court in Ottawa by Canada’s largest environmental law organization, Sierra Legal, the lawsuit alleges that the federal government is violating Canadian law by failing to meet its binding international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the government must abide by its international agreements in preventing pollution. What this means on the ground is that the Harper government is facing an embarrassing lawsuit in front of the Canadian public that largely discredits their rhetoric while revealing how appallingly little they are actually aiming to do with their climate change plan.

3 comments:

David Wozney said...

Members of Parliament who voted to ratify the Kyoto Protocol in 2002, had an obligation, before taking their seats, to swear that they would be faithful and bear true allegiance to the King or Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. They swore, or affirmed, that they would be faithful and bear true allegiance to Elizabeth the Second.

Elizabeth the Second is not Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, contrary to the requirement in this Fifth Schedule.

The provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick expressed their desire to be federally united into one Dominion under the Crown of the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland”, not the Crown of the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”, according to the British North America Act, 1867.

This calls into question the legality of Canada's alleged commitment under the Kyoto Protocol.

Jeff said...

This is great! Finally some tangible action that Harper and his cronies will be unable to simply ignore.

I wonder what its going to take to make all of these people wake up and start looking at the big picture. This lawsuit will help, but greed is the real problem we need to overcome.

james higham said...

Keep us posted on this one.

Welcome to Blogpower too and it's a delight to have a Canadian with us.