Interim Liberal Leader Bill Graham and Bloc Qu?b?cois Leader Gilles Duceppe accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday of “twiddling his thumbs” on climate change as a majority of Canadians say their concerns about the environment continue to increase.
The opposition leaders’ comments came as the head of the UN climate change secretariat said Canada has given no indication of plans to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol.
A recent survey conducted by CBC News and Environics Research Group found 71 per cent of Canadians believed the federal Conservatives’ proposed clean air plan is not tough enough in dealing with environmental issues.
“I think Canadians are putting two and two together,” Graham said Thursday at a news conference with Duceppe in Ottawa. “It’s demonstrating that the force of nature as it changes is going to create huge problems for the planet.”
Graham also called Environment Minister Rona Ambrose the “climate change anti-leader,” and said she should be prepared to acknowledge Canada’s global responsibility in reducing greenhouse gases when she appears at the UN conference on climate change in Nairobi this week.