"For at least a decade most governments, including Canada's government, paid what can charitably be called lip service to the issue of climate change," he told the international forum. "Because they were unwilling to tell the public that reducing carbon emissions must entail real economic costs in the short term, governments responded to the problem with little more than political rhetoric."
"When my government took office a little over 18 months ago, we inherited a patchwork of programs that just weren't doing the job," Mr. Harper told the APEC meeting.
Interesting that Harper uses the phrase "lip service" during a speech, which he himself admits that no targets will be forthcoming from the Summit. As a matter of fact, Harper touts "lip service" as real progress during these talks, because apparently a few vague lines scribbled on a comminique is relevant to the question of climate change:
Paraphrasing- "We declare that the world must do something about global warming, just not right now because "we're not ready". We pledge to meet again in the future to discuss what type of discussions we should have that will lead to a framework, outlined in our discussions".
The real question, why isn't Canada pushing targets? Harper says we will lead by example, not arm-twisting, which amounts to a complete copout. Minister Baird likes to remind us all that Canada only accounts for 2% of the world GHG output, so it follows that we must apply pressure on other nations, if we are to have a real impact. The APEC Summit is a joke, nothing more than a propaganda exercise to look relevant and engaged.