The Conservatives won't dismiss a newly passed law requiring Canada to respect its emissions-cutting commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, but they're not about to put forward a new plan to tackle climate change either, Environment Minister John Baird said Monday.This is their approach, despite the bill's requirement that a plan to get the government in line with Kyoto reductions be prepared within 60 days. Since the current Conservative plan does not do that...it's not clear how Baird plans to technically comply with the bill.
The federal government will follow through with the "technical letter" of the Kyoto compliance bill, but the time for developing new plans is over, he said in an interview.
And par for the course, there's a neat little metaphor the Conservatives have come up with to describe the bill's requirement that the government meet Kyoto:
It's comparable to being dispatched to the grocery store with a five-page shopping list and no money, Baird said Monday.Since the majority of Parliament has passed the bill, I'm sure they'll give you the money, John. All you have to do is ask. Come up with a nice plan and get to work, my friend...:)
And on the court challenge aspect, Baird's initial response gets a big thumbs down:
It's unclear how Baird plans to follow through with the new law without altering the government's current plan, but one expert says it isn't possible.Snubbing Parliament on Kyoto...the can't-won't-shouldn't Conservatives always come through...I kinda like this strategy for election purposes...:)
"There's nothing in this so-called green plan that comes close to meeting the Kyoto targets," Errol Mendes, professor of constitutional and international law at the University of Ottawa, said in an interview from London, England.
For example, the Tories' plan calculates targets using a baseline of 2006 levels, instead of the Kyoto-mandated 1990 levels.
"So right off the bat, the very foundations of this so-called 'technical' response to the law is fundamentally in violation of that law," Mendes said.
If the government fails to produce a Kyoto plan within the prescribed 60-day period, they will be in violation of the law and could trigger a court challenge, he added.