Governor General Michaëlle Jean probably choked on the words the guy on the left made her say in the Canadian Speach from the Throne yesterday, outlining his plans for the next sitting of parliament.
As Desmogblog puts it: A decade ago, this country - which vies with the U.S. and Australia for the title of the worst per capita polluter among major world economies - promised to reduce GHGs by seven per cent below the 1990 level. Today, as Prime Minister Harper's speech confirms, we are dumping our airborne garbage at a rate that is 33 per cent above that 1990 benchmark.
So, Mr. Harper proposes a new target that won't even bring us back to the benchmark and a new deadline that is eight years later than the one Canada committed to in Kyoto.
No wonder the clapping was contained to the members of Prime Minister Harper's own minority Conservative government. Everyone else is hanging their head in shame. ::Desmogblog