The Government of Canada study – supported by leading, independent Canadian economists – shows the cost of compliance with Bill C-288 at this time would result in devastating impacts for Canadian families, jobs and the economy.
You even give names:
This study, prepared by the Government of Canada, was validated by Don Drummond, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist at Toronto Dominion Bank Financial Group; Jean-Thomas Bernard, Professor, Department of Economics, Laval University; Mark Jaccard, Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University; David Keith, Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment, University of Calgary; and, Christopher Green, Professor, Department of Economics, McGill University.
You go farther and provide another link titled "Key Quotes from Validators", which offers various quotes from said economists. You clearly put a great deal of stock in the conclusions of these people.
Fast forward only two weeks later. Those wonderful, respected economists that provided the intellectual underpinning for your earlier arguments, have now come out with some new thoughts, as they relate to your recently released disaster, known as the Green Plan:
Economics experts question Tory environmental approach
Mike De Souza, CanWest News Service
Published: Wednesday, May 02, 2007
OTTAWA Economists who endorsed a recent government report assessing the economic impact of achieving Canadas international Kyoto protocol commitments are skeptical about the new Conservative approach to fighting global warming, a survey by CanWest News Service has revealed.
Now what do you do? Apparently, when asked the following day in Question Period, you respond with:
"Baird rejects economists criticism of government environmental tactics"
OTTAWA -- Environment Minister John Baird is rejecting criticism from a group of independent economists who were used by the Harper government less than two weeks ago to endorse warnings from the Conservative that respecting the Kyoto protocol on climate change would cause a recession in Canada.
You reject your former supporters, you bite the hand that fed you, you make NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. Such is the reality, trying to defend a universally (besides four oil execs and Buzz Hargrove) panned embarrassment of a plan. I recommend some quiet editing of the government website, because clearly these men aren't the economists we thought two weeks ago.