"We have called for the resignation of the Environment Minister today because she doesn't enjoy the confidence of Canadians in the direction she is taking us".
Layton also made a terrific point, with regards to the Conservatives "made in Canada" jargon:
"I don't know where Mr. Harper felt he could arrive as Prime Minister and not have a climate change agenda ready to rollout, that has been a big shock."
Layton nails it with statement. If this government were truly serious about emissions, then why did they not have a policy developed when they took office? All the years in opposition, the Conservatives policy bluebooks and yet no strategy whatsoever. The fact that Ambrose and company will need a full nine months to develop an approach is a basic admission that they took office with nothing particular in mind, apart from some general criticisms of existing initiatives. It is simply reckless to abandon commitments, without replacements to fill the void.
Layton' statement should become the standard criticism against this government. This issue didn't materalize overnight, in fact pre-election polling put the environment at, or near the top, of issues cited by Canadians. The Tories had their Accountability Act, the tax policy and childcare, yet we only able to devote a couple meaningless lines to the environment in their platform. We are almost in a situation where the clock ticks while the government familarizes itself with the portfolio, inexcusable given the circumstances. Harper bragged about "hitting the ground running" with his new government, which makes this lack of policy all the more alarming. Incompetent or indifferent, those are the only two options to explain the complete inaction of this government.