Federal Government Under Fire on Climate Change

The international climate talks in Copenhagen seem to be stalling, in large part due to the differences between developed and developing nations. Now, Canada has come under criticism from provinces and First Nations groups who are not impressed with the negotiating team’s stance.

The governments of Ontario and Quebec are expressing concern that their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions may hurt their provinces if emissions continue to rise elsewhere, particularly from the western tar sands developments.

From The Globe and Mail:

In Denmark on Sunday for the United Nations climate convention, Quebec Premier Jean Charest condemned the federal government for the potential economic consequences of its anemic fight against climate change.

Mr. Charest was backed by Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen, who says he doesn’t want his province’s efforts to allow the rest of Canada to get a free ride.

Additionally, indigenous representatives and their allies rolled out the “welcome mat” for Prime Minister Harper in Copenhagen today, complete with a gift basket full of treaties that Canada needs to honour or sign at the summit. Documents included the Kyoto Protocol, First Nations Treaties and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Canadians are speaking out on the issue of climate change. We hope that in the next four days our federal government will listen and act for a strong, fair, binding agreement in Copenhagen.