Stephen Harper's climate-change plan was shredded by his own government's environment watchdog just as the prime minister prepared to trumpet it at a United Nations conference next week.Released on a Friday, with high hopes from the Conservatives that it'll be buried and no one will notice. And no Parliament sitting to deal with the substance of it. It's quite the democracy that these fellas are running up there.
An Environment Canada body gave a passing grade to zero of nine programs in the Conservative climate-change plan and accused the government of exaggerating its potential impact.
The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy also accused the government of using misleading methods to arrive at false conclusions, such as double-accounting.
The report comes at a less-than-ideal moment for the prime minister, who heads to New York on Monday to deliver a speech before 80 world leaders about his approach to climate change.
The report accuses his government of "systematic" exaggeration, "double-accounting," "not accurately reflecting" emissions reductions, "important inconsistency," and "overestimated" reductions.
It concluded that of nine federal climate-change programs, the government had exaggerated the benefits of three and failed to produce sufficient information to support the other six.
So Harper's heading to New York this week to speak to world leaders, hey? We'll be watching for his trashing of Canada's reputation in front of the world and his disappointing enabling of "aspirational" emission standards...