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Baird’s position puts NDP under a lot of pressure.

I saw this and I’m not encouraged about Canada’s new Environment Minister:

Environment Minister John Baird has put the chill on any notion that the government might embrace the Kyoto Protocol as part of its effort to win over green voters…Baird categorically ruled out participation in Kyoto’s emissions-trading system, unlike Ambrose who said she would support international trading if environmental benefits could be verified.

So let me get this straight – he’s actually being more hard-line on Kyoto then Ambrose was? No wonder Dion said this:

Dion said Baird had offered nothing but a partisan show, suggesting that was why the prime minister named him to the portfolio. “We almost miss Madame Ambrose and it’s clear the minister doesn’t know his files…”

Baird’s hardline stance on Kyoto plus the fact the Tories are insisting on no immediate hard caps but using intensity targets instead makes one wonder how the Tories are going to get NDP support to revise the Clean Air Act if he continues to issue statements like that.

Still, the NDP environment critic seems somehow to remain hopeful that something can be done:

NDP environment critic Nathan Cullen said later he still hopes for compromise. “I don’t take his testimony today as definitive on what their bottom lines are going to be. I think today was a partisan exercise to try to establish some narrow perspective on the debate.”

We’ll see, but I have my doubts personally. I wonder how long the NDP is going to wait here before they decide the Tories view on Kyoto and how to control GHG is incompatible with their own views, and what they’ll do about it. As the article asserts, if the NDP backs off on insisting that Kyoto targets must somewhere be in the legislation and/or on the use of hard caps, they will pay a political price – probably from their core supporters.


4 comments to Baird’s position puts NDP under a lot of pressure.

  • This is my source:

    “We are the only party that has voted unanimously against the Conservatives on every confidence motion that has come before the House: whether it was the budget, extending the Liberal-Conservative mission in Afghanistan, or ratifying the softwood sell out.”Jack Layton’s speech at the NDP Caucus Retreat Jan. 10, 2007.

  • lrC

    >The NDP has voted against this government on every single confidence motion

    Not true. The NDP did not vote against supply.

  • The NDP has voted against this government on every single confidence motion since the last election. Cullen’s hopefulness is the same as that expressed by NDP MP’s during the 13 years the Liberals did nothing to reduce greenhouse gas causing emissions. Expressing hope for a better future does not suggest accepting a compromise of the kind Liberal MP’s, including Dion, accepted throughout Jean Chretien and Paul Martin’s reign. Why The Star is suggesting the NDP will accept anything else is beyond me. Why Liblogs members are suggesting the NDP is compromising is understandable.

  • Emily

    Good morning!
    Yesterday I watched Baird in front of the Environment Committee. Then I went to hear David Suzuki speak to a packed house at our local community college. I am getting seriously angry at this government. I haven’t until now wanted Canada to suffer another election any too soon. Thes attack dogs with their we-want-a-majority attack ads before an election has even been called sicken me. Bring it on! I’ll work my 65 year old butt off fighting them!

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