"Opposition legislators attacked Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday after it emerged that he had once described the Kyoto global warming protocol as 'a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations.'" (emphasis added)This is Harper at his candid and most partisan apex on the issue. Mocking Kyoto as "socialist" to feed his base their red meat chum. In 2002, not so long ago. The condescending derision that's evident in his use of this phrasing is a telling insight into the partisan Harper.
Secondly, the framing of Kyoto as a "socialist scheme" also fits another of Harper's patterns...marching in lockstep with right wing Americans on any given issue. You can find lots of them using the same language as Harper to describe Kyoto as a "socialist" plot to harm the U.S. economy. When in doubt on an issue, look to the wingnuttery down south for a position. It's frankly embarrassing to see a national Canadian leader using the same partisan American right wing blog talk like this.
Now we are supposed to believe, faced with the polls and an opposition leader in Stephane Dion who has had a remarkable rise with his focus on the environment, Mini Bush all of a sudden is the environmentally sensitive and responsible leader.
Who's buying? Anyone?