Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day Massacre

Here's a news release I just sent out:

NCC Says Today’s Kyoto Vote Could be a Valentines Day Massacre for the Economy

(Toronto February 14)The National Citizens Coalition says the Liberal Party wants to immediately implement the Kyoto Accord even though such a move could trigger an economic recession in Canada.

“Today’s vote on Kyoto could go down in history as the St. Valentines Day Massacre for Canada’s economy,” says NCC vice president Gerry Nicholls.

Nicholls says implementing the Accord, which demands impossibly steep emission cuts, would clearly have a negative impact on the country and on the standard of living for all Canadians.

“The Liberals, along with the other Opposition parties, want to force the government to implement a treaty which they know full well would gut Canada’s economy,” says NCC vice president Gerry Nicholls. “Yet all the Opposition apparently cares about is scoring cheap political points.”

Nicholls says Liberal leader Stephane Dion’s only goal with this ploy is to embarrass the government.

“The vote this afternoon on Kyoto is not about protecting the environment, it’s just a cynical maneuver to help Dion paint himself as an environmentalist.”

Nicholls says if the Kyoto Accord is implemented it would undermine Canada’s energy sector as well as its manufacturing sector and mean higher taxes for all Canadians.

“Instead of pushing a flawed treaty, our politicians should seek ways to protect the environment without wrecking Canada’s economy”.

Also for an interesting take on this vote, see talk show host Roy Green's blog.

2 comments:

Miles Lunn said...

There is no doubt Canada cannot reach its Kyoto targets, but we still should try to get as close. I don't buy the fearmongering that doing something about the environment will hurt our economy.

If you want to look for a good plan, how about BC's plan to reduce GHGs by 33% by 2020 and lets remember Gordon Campbell is no lefty. This is a good plan that I believe the feds should follow.

Anonymous said...

The admission by Dion himself that the goals weren't attainable, and now his flip via a bill that enforces the impossible is hardly sound policy.

We made show of signing the accord, but it's shaping up that perhaps we had no clue as to what we were signing on to.

Then, of course the Liberals did nothing to move in that direction.

It all smacks of Liberal hypocrisy.