Canada’s Wacky Sidekick Being a Little Too Wacky In Bali

Regrettably, the world seems to have failed to get the joke about Line Beauchamp’s wacky sidekick at the Bali climate change talks. Instead, Prime Minister Harper is somehow co-​​opting the agenda. The fun thing about Harper is you don’t have to pay him to behave this way: even in a world without lob­by­ists he would still do his damndest to give industry of the day free reign regard­less of the con­se­quences. He’s honest that way. This is just a bad time to have a colos­sally narrow-​​minded think-​​tanker as a national leader.

Dear Prime Minister:

I am appalled by Canada’s counter-​​productive and hyp­o­crit­ical nego­ti­ating position at the talks on climate change in Bali. If we fail to meet the emerging chal­lenges of climatic change, the damage that will be done to Canada and the world’s social and envi­ron­mental integrity far out­weighs any short-​​term concerns about pre­serving the status quo for our extrac­tive and emmis­sive indus­tries. The Canadian government’s behav­iour at the Bali talks is trans­par­ently an effort to stall and under­mine progress towards effec­tive reduc­tion of climate-​​altering emissions.

As a pro­gres­sive democ­racy and dis­pro­por­tionate con­trib­utor to green­house gas emis­sions, Canada should be setting an example to the rest of the world. It is not too late to reverse our position and begin to do so.

Yours sin­cerely,

Hugh Stimson

Dear Prime Minister” is the correct way to address email to the Prime Minister (at pm@​pm.​gc.​ca, inci­den­tally), although a poke in the eye is an accept­able alter­na­tive in person. Charmingly, my Member of Parliament Denise Savoie’s email is savoid1​a@​parl.​gc.​ca. I think that was my email address in 1994.

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