Don Cherry’s Conservative Pals Shit On The Future

Breaking news: Canada opposes extending the Kyoto treaty — the treaty the Conservatives are openly ignoring (and, to be fair, the same treaty the Liberals quietly ignored during their time in power during the ’90s and the first half of the 2000s.) Fuck our future-generations fucking government. From the Toronto Star:

Steven Guilbeault of the Montreal-based environmental group Equiterre said from Cancun that extending the Kyoto agreement is crucial to countering climate change, especially since last year’s summit in Copenhagen drew limited results.

He said “it’s no surprise to anybody here” that Canada is opposed to Kyoto, though he said observers were caught off guard on Friday when Figueres told a news conference that Canada was opposed to extending the agreement.

For Guilbeault, the decision is another example of Canada’s lack of leadership on environmental issues.

“We used to be a nation that mattered internationally,” he said.

Now, he said, Canada’s position is, “basically, we’ll follow the U.S.”

By the way, if you’re wondering why no one’s been posting on the United Nations climate meetings in Cancun, it’s because Dechene — our climate change guy — is too angry about this to type straight. And you think I’m surly. I’m not a dad.

I suppose I should link to the Guardian’s story on this. I’m so goddamn sick of my country being the bad guys.

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Author: Stephen Whitworth

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