Thursday, August 23, 2007

Oppostion Could End Government Over Kyoto

Opposition parties are ramping up talk of bringing down the minority government after the Conservatives opportunistically posted their comprehensive climate change plan online while political attention was distracted by the ongoing North American leaders summit.

Both the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois are taking exception to the plan which fails to outline a path to meet Canada's greenhouse gas reduction targets agreed to under the Kyoto Protocol. It also flies in the face of a private members bill passed by opposition parties that legally requires Canada to honour it's Kyoto commitments.

(NDP leader) Mr. Layton suggests the lack of action on climate change would force his party to vote against the Conservatives.

The Liberals did not return phone calls yesterday to say whether they would be willing to prop up the government after the lack of action on Mr. Rodriguez's law.

But Bloc Québécois MP Bernard Bigras, who is his party's environment critic, is making threats similar to those of Mr. Layton. The government is taking a "political risk" by ignoring the law, Mr. Bigras said. The plan released this week "is not acceptable, it does not constitute a response as required by the law that was voted upon by Parliament," he said.

At this stage, critics may be right in saying that it's simply too late for Canada to meet its Kyoto commitments. However, what's equally true is that the Conservative alternative is an industry friendly piece of toilet paper that falls far short of what Canada can and should do. The final blow will fall to the Liberals. Although a minority government, the Conservatives need the support of just one of the opposition parties to survive a confidence vote.

In the aftermath of a lengthy leadership race and a mediocre standing in the polls, the Liberals have looked reticent at pushing for an election. But if the NDP and the Bloc stand in opposition to the Conservatives the Liberals will face a real dilemma - show no leadership or credibility by siding with the Conservatives and their farcical environment plan, or face an election they are not equipped to win.

Here's some advice. The Liberals will not gain power again as long as they show zero backbone in the face of Conservative policies. They'd be better served by establishing, then holding true to, some principles rather than playing politics around them. If they do that, the votes will follow. Fail at that, and they will lose either way.


rabbit said...

There are two problems with the Liberals forcing an election right now...

(1) Their finances are (from what I've heard) in poor shape. The conservative finances are apparently in much better condition. As Deep Throat once said, "follow the money".

(2) If they regained power, they would then be in the embarrasing position of trying to achieve the Kyoto targets. I simply don't believe it's doable. That's not an ideological statement about the value of Kyoto, but a pragmatic one about whether it's truly achievable in practice.

If the Liberals put off the election long enough then they can blame the failure to achieve Kyoto targets on the conservatives even if the Liberals get back into power. Get into power too soon, however, and that excuse doesn't work so well.

Anonymous said...

Good advise. Better to be seen flying with one wing as a right minded politician and leave phony circus-like moments to Conservatives.

Oldschool said...

News Flash!!! Kyoto is as dead as PET!!
Even if we shut down the country totally, the Chinese annual increase is equal to our TOTAL ANNUAL CO2 OUTPUT.
How many of you plan your lives based on computer models? I bet none . . . cause computers just don't know . . .

E. R. Dunhill said...

Do you also oppose medical research? Drug development relies on computer modeling. How about manufacturing and civil engineering? Complex products and infrastructure are designed using computer models. Most people reading this blog, whether they realize it or not, benefit from decisions based upon computer models.