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Baird: ‘You think its easy saving the planet?’

I was alerted to this story by an email from one who reads the site. This is more John Baird hilarity from an article in the Vancouver Sun titled “Planet’s Not My Full-Time Job”:

Baird said he has far more issues to juggle than Suzuki has. Suzuki, guest editor of today’s edition of The Vancouver Sun, confronted the minister after the federal green plan was unveiled on April 26. “The difference is, he is a very well-respected environmentalist. Good for him,” Baird told The Sun Friday. As a “politician and someone in government,” Baird said he has to worry about not just the environment but also issues such as health care, crime and education.

Uh, John, last I looked, there were other ministers who took care of dealing with education, health care, and crime. YOUR job is minister of the freakin’ environment. If you’re trying to dabble in those other portfolios, its no bloody wonder you couldn’t come up with a half-decent climate change plan.. you were too bloody distracted.

I suggest Harper pull Baird aside and tell him he needs to get his priorities straight.

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8 comments to Baird: ‘You think its easy saving the planet?’

  • [quote comment=”3967″]This sounds suspiciously likes Dion’s “Do you think it’s easy to make priorities?”[/quote]

    That is exactly what I mentally whispered to myself when I read that this weekend.

    You can bet that quote is going to come back big time come next election.

    Yes, it will be taken out of context, but then… all’s fair in…, n’est-ce pas? Or is it only IOKIYAC (It’s OK If You’re A Conservative)?

  • [quote comment=”3963″]Baird was speaking to also being an MP.
    Believe it or not, Canadians have concerns other than the environment and Taliban detainees.[/quote]

    Well, that’s fine if Baird remembers that when he’s soon back on the opposition benches and a cabinet minister from a different party makes a similar statement.

    Chances of Baird cutting that person some slack?
    Hahahahahahahahaha.

  • ALW

    By this logic, should the Industry Minister be fashioning Canada’s industrial policy without taking into consideration the effects on the environment? Would that be him “dabbling in other portfolios”?

    The basic point here is that politicians are obligated to consider competing interests, whereas an activist is not. David Suzuki’s particular value set places a premium on environmental concerns over other concerns. A good government will recognize that before acting, they can’t simply listen to one voting constituency.

  • This sounds suspiciously likes Dion’s “Do you think it’s easy to make priorities?”

    So I guess Baird is admiting he’s not a leader!

    I wonder how many Cabinet ministers Harper will allow this portfolia to destroy before he gets the point, You Can’t Bullshit the people on this issue?

  • wilson61

    Baird was speaking to also being an MP.
    Believe it or not, Canadians have concerns other than the environment and Taliban detainees.

  • El Cynico

    When you rule by fear, you will die by fear. Once the minions no longer fear the master, his time is up.

    Day, Flaherty, MacKay are all positioning now. Harper needs to prorogue the House pronto.

  • knb

    Is he freaking serious?

    What is up with the tight messaging that Harper held? It is either going to hell in a hand basket, or, Harper cut them loose and look at what is coming out.

    I’m not sure which is true, but when you look over last couple of weeks and the different stories, it would seem that no one is in charge, or all of the cabinet is.

    What a bloody mess. This is our country we are talking about. We can afford this perhaps as a hiccup, but not much longer.

  • “I suggest Harper pull Baird aside and tell him he needs to get his priorities straight.”

    I agree, but that’s assuming that Harper has his priorities straight. I think anyone who Harper appoints to that portfolio will be merely a Harper puppet.

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