Having hitched his wagon to George Bush's falling star, Stephen Harper yapped away to a lunchtime gathering of German business leaders and took a page out of the book of excuses formerly employed by Rona Ambrose.
"Frankly, up to now, our country has been engaged in a lot of 'talking the talk,' but not, 'walking the walk,' when it comes to greenhouse gases," Harper said. "Our predecessors in government committed our country to the Kyoto protocol ... and then they did nothing to achieve this goal,"In other words, aside from being a complete and utter lie, he's blathering on about domestic Canadian politics in front of an international audience, something which Rona Ambrose did in November at the UN climate conference in Nairobi. He then went on to describe his "plan" in all its glory.
For that, he got this from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, current G-8 chair:
Merkel, who as chair of the G-8 has moved climate change to the top of the leaders' agenda, told CBC TV yesterday she is disappointed with the Harper government's rejection of the emissions-reduction targets Canada previously accepted under the Kyoto pact.It would be interesting to have been an observer at the meeting which took place between the Canadian delegation and the EU group. Merkel said this after the meeting:
Which is about the same as drawing a happy face on a report card full of "D"s. The impression is that Harper was given a clinic in global power politics by Merkel. And even if that didn't happen, China popped the Bush/Harper balloon by stating that they would not be held to any quantified emission reduction targets.
Update: Links fixed. Original quote extended.