Environment Minister Rona Ambrose says the Kyoto Protocol is being used to divide Canada, blaming the previous Liberal government for failing to implement a domestic climate plan.
As Canadian domestic politics strutted the world stage, the country’s neighbour was busy defending its record on battling global warming and the UN chief lamented a ?frightening lack? of international leadership on climate change.
Taking her five-minute turn to address delegates from some 180 countries at the UN Climate Conference, Ms. Ambrose made no reference to the fact that her government has rejected Canada’s emissions-cutting targets under the climate treaty.
Ms. Ambrose says the government recognizes the need for urgent action to cut emissions and will do so using its Clean Air Act. That bill has been opposed by all three opposition parties in part because it contains no reference to the Kyoto emissions-cutting targets, and has been sent to a committee for rewriting.