Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jim Prentice: Minister of Comedy

Updated below.

Video from Power Play yesterday where the obvious error is made by Prentice. It's laughable to think this government has done more in the last eight months than in our entire history on climate change. This government's foot dragging is well known.

Note Clark asks about Harper's absence yesterday from the meeting of world leaders. That was followed by today's Harper absence at the U.N. when Obama gave his first address to the body, widely recognized as a significant event and among most world leaders. Most, that is. Not our own:
An array of world leaders sat in the hall for Mr. Obama’s speech, which was often interrupted by applause and the flashbulbs of cameras going off, including some from delegates in the room.
Our guy was at the Tim Horton's HQ in Oakville. Priorities, priorities, so poorly chosen by this Prime Minister. He's just rubbing our faces in it now.

Update (3:10 p.m.):Beyond the Ahmadinejad boycott, let's not lose sight of what Harper's absence signifies:
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, meanwhile, criticized the Prime Minister’s absence from United Nation talks this week, including negotiations on fighting global warming and addresses by major world leaders.

Mr. Ignatieff said Canada cannot tolerate Holocaust deniers and anti-Semitism, but argued that Mr. Harper should be at the UN to register the government’s unhappiness in person.

“Canada should be there when the world is talking about the major issues of our time. Canadians our proud of our leadership at the UN” he said told CTV News Channel.

“I just find it unbelievable,” he said. “This is a day in which when world leaders are coming together to address the challenge of climate change. The reason I think he’s walked away from New York is he’s got nothing to say on climate change.”
Update (3:15 p.m.): From Harper's recent closed door speech to supporters, video of his regard for the United Nations. The implication from his statements is that the U.N. does not stand for freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. There's contempt for the U.N. obviously on display here and that's part of what's playing out this week.