So Canada helped rewrite the Commonwealth resolution.I would find it hard to believe that they would put themselves so far out there on this position-poor ledge without having something up their sleeves. Are they this stupid?
It now says all countries should seek to reduce their emissions, but suggests those reductions could be voluntary instead of mandatory.
A diplomat from another Commonwealth country described Canada's position - that there's no deal unless everyone agrees - as a recipe for inertia on climate change.
But Harper pointed out that Canada's position at the Commonwealth is identical to the one it took at the G8 and APEC summits.
"We will not agree to a framework that binds some countries and not others, because that's a recipe for failing on the issue of climate change," he told a news conference.
"We already have a protocol like that and it doesn't work. So we need a protocol that involves everybody. I think we're on solid ground."
As for binding emissions targets: "Canada's view is that we need binding targets on all nations. That's going to be the approach we're going to take to international negotiations."
Or, is it just as simple as acknowledging that, yes, indeed they are. In which case I'd agree with this blogger, who sums up Harper's folly, if that's what it is, quite well.