Re: David McGuinty’s column “Harper’s real record on the environment” in the National Post(Nov.1, 2007):
Federal Liberal David McGuinty did a splendid job in his column attempting to divert our attention away from Stephane Bumbledore Dion’s disastrous role as Liberal leader, and from his Liberal’s do-nothing-for-a-decade-while-emissions-rose-27% approach to Kyoto.
McGuinty’s Liberals didn’t reveal – or more likely, had no idea - of Kyoto’s cost to our economy then, and they haven’t revealed it now. David McGuinty himself admitted in the National Post (Feb. 8, 2007) that the costs to individual Canadians of implementing Kyoto were "impossible for me to know right now. I don't know the fiscals or the data.” Who needs to be aware of fiscals or data, when all you need is rhetoric and posturing?
The federal Environment Commissioner reported in 2006 the Liberals spent billions on climate change projects without coordination or planning. A top Liberal advisor, Eddie Goldenberg, said the Liberals knew that they couldn’t meet Kyoto’s targets.
And what about the environmental record of the other McGuinty, Liberal Dalton of Ontario?
Dalton McGuinty broke his major Kyoto pledge to close all of Ontario's coal-fired plants. Ontario's Environment Commission reported in Oct. 2006 that Dalton McGuinty's Liberals drastically neglected and mismanaged environmental protection. The Sierra Club gave Ontario's Grit government an 'F' on climate change in 2006. Greenpeace called the Liberal budget's meager climate funding "laughable".
The CAW’s Buzz Hargrove, a McGuinty Brothers colleague, said that honouring our original Kyoto commitments would be "suicidal for our economy...you'd almost have to shut down every major industry in the country." (Windsor Star, Feb. 24, 2007), and declared: "We stand to lose 150,000 jobs in our autoindustry if the insanity of this environmental movement is allowed to continue." (St. Catharines Standard, Apr.14, 2007)
Whose 'insane environmental movement' could Hargrove possibly be talking about? Why does Hargrove, a Liberal supporter, claim 150,000 jobs would be in peril?
When David McGuinty talks of “delaying action” and “deceiving people”, well, his party certainly has got the experience on those counts.
Why, just this week, his Liberals delayed, abstained, and did nothing in Parliament regarding their so-called convictions.
Who’s deceiving who, Mr. McGuinty?