Without fanfare, a special "climate-change unit" was created to operate outside normal bureaucratic channels, devoted exclusively to planning one of the biggest and most complicated negotiations the Conservative government has faced. Today, the high-powered federal group includes dozens of senior government officials from different departments and even some key recruits from the private sector.Of course not, the public till is there to be used for Conservative self-promotion, why not an anti-environment war room? The war room is aiming high:
Former business journalist Deidre McMurdy, for instance, was hired away from a national think-tank to manage communications surrounding the Copenhagen confab. No effort or expense was spared.
A senior federal official puts it more bluntly, saying the only strategy occupying the war room these days is "how to get in and out of Copenhagen without being blamed for what's not going to happen."The fact that meetings leading up to Copenhagen are producing much disagreement is said to be "...bringing quiet sighs of relief inside the Harper government." Weston nevertheless suggests that the Conservatives deserve some kind of credit because they're "being honest about doing nothing," in comparison to the Kyoto-signing Liberals on the international environmental treaty score. That should make the highly paid p.r. folks in the "climate change unit" war room very happy.
Here was Harper yesterday at APEC putting a positive spin on his government's position, relating the disagreement among nations: