Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tip For Jean Chretien- Shhhh!!!

The last thing I want to hear is Jean Chretien, of all people, lecturing on climate change and Kyoto. Two seperate stories, both of which are hard to stomach:
TORONTO - Former prime minister Jean Chretien is pointing the finger at his successor, Paul Martin, for Canada's failure to meet its Kyoto obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Chretien says Kyoto wasn't implemented by the Liberal government after he left office, even though he was close to reaching an agreement with Canada's oil producers. But he doesn't blame current Liberal Leader Stephane Dion, who was environment minister under Martin and also served in Chretien's cabinet.

Chretien ratified Kyoto, and then did NOTHING for a five full years. If fairness is your guide, at least you could argue that Martin gave the issue a higher priority than his predecessor. I suppose Chretien is trying to protect his legacy, but he clearly shares a large part of the blame, which makes his comments patently ridiculous.

Within that frame, although right, these words are quite hollow, given the source:
Mr. Chretien, who ratified the Kyoto protocol while prime minister in 1998, said Canada should be a world leader on climate change, just as it led on other international issues such as the elimination of land mines and the creation of peacekeeping forces.

"I think [climate change] is an urgent problem and we should have been at the forefront," he said. "That we're leading the charge against an agreement on climate change, using all sort of reason not to proceed, does not make me feel very good as a Canadian."

I'm pre-disposed to agree, but even I almost laugh at the above. The problem for Chretien, he lacks any moral authority to criticize, and for that reason, I think it better to just shut up and go away. Let's call a spade a spade.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What's with Mulroney and Chretien -petty and acting like children.

Mulroney blames Trudeau, Chretien blames Martin and Harper blames anything Liberal.

David Suzuki came to speak in my little town a couple of years ago, promoting his new book and taking questions from the audience. He said he sent a copy of his book to all the leaders - Harper, Layton and Martin.

Martin read and called him and asked questions - the others didn't.

Something's strange here - didn't Eddie Goldberg say Chretien wasn't interested in Kyoto or something?

Dion was Enviro Minister for approx 18 months - he did have a plan that was to be implemented in Feb/06 and we know what happened.

I think Harper was in a hurry and manipulated Layton becuase he thought/knew that Martin was going to implement some of his policies.

I'm tired of Chretien bringing up the Chretien/Martin thing - what a hypocrite - Chretien did the same thing to Turner, Mulroney did it to Clark. There's always people waiting in the wings

Enough already.