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I'm an evangelical Christian, member of the CPC, but presently & unjustly exiled to wander the political wilderness.
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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Notice to the Party

UPDATE: It seems Harper today said he rejects buying foreign credits. Looking for text to confirm.

I just read this DISTURBING quote in the National Post...
The latest eyebrow-raising move was Mr. Baird’s admission last weekend that the Conservatives may let Canadian companies buy foreign credits if they exceed their greenhouse gas emission targets. Previously, the Conservatives have dismissed foreign projects as "hot air credits."
I'll put it to you this way... I DON'T THINK SO.

Don't go down that road... don't even think about it. Opposition to purchasing Foreign emmission credits is a hill I'm prepared to die on.

A majority is an impossible prospect if the base has been alienated... and this is one file that the base will stay home on. In fact, it'll be enough to give 24 Sussex to Mr. Dion.

I really hope it was a misquote.

UPDATE: Feeling a little better after Harper's speech today, still looking for the text to post... "While some environmentalists say the only way Canada can meet its Kyoto targets is by sending money to other countries to help them reduce emissions, Harper rejected the idea."

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  • At Thu. Mar. 22, 09:46:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Mark said…


    This week, with the budget and now the quote you have given, is causing me no small amount of concern. I mean, I could be flat out wrong, but it appears to me like the party is willing to govern like a clean/ethical Liberal Party in order to either remain in power or obtain a majority.

    Is there a hill that the party is willing to die on?

  • At Thu. Mar. 22, 10:01:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous SteveJ said…

    Your oversimplification is worrisome. You can't start to look at such a complex international issue by saying never to anything.

    As I understand it, a hot air credit is one that is purchased from a location such as Russia which has lower CO2 emissions as the result of the fall of the Soviet Union.

    Purchasing CO2 credits for foreign projects is an affordable way to manage international concerns without serious damage to our economy. This would include planting trees to stop desertification or helping to finance wind power projects where they currently can’t afford it.

    There are obviously some pitfalls but never say never.

  • At Thu. Mar. 22, 10:06:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Blackstone said…

    Companies don't pay for emission credits, their customers do.

  • At Thu. Mar. 22, 10:16:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Hear Hear Blackstone.

    Stevej, I am opposed to sending a dime of Canadians money over Kyoto. If we're going to stick to it, let's do it here at home.

  • At Thu. Mar. 22, 10:17:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    On that note... since all this spending on Kyoto is presently doing nothing more than keeping the environmental lobby employed, we should come up with a name for it.

    "Sponsorship" has been used already... how about "Kyotoship"?

  • At Thu. Mar. 22, 11:24:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Durward said…

    I won't vote for any party willing to tilt at windmills, man made global warming is complete BS, any move to combat this non-existent "problem" will leave me no option but to sit home election night.
    Liberal budgets in a minority situation I can live with, but engaging in fantasy will never be acceptable to me.

  • At Thu. Mar. 22, 12:14:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous ryan;-P said…

    I don't really understand why the CPC seems to be courting the votes of people who will never vote for them anyway. The enviro vote will support whatever do nothing strategy the Liberals come up with and toute it as the salvation of mankind, before they would ever consider voting Conservative.

  • At Thu. Mar. 22, 12:30:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Fergy said…

    Relax first off it's John Ivison wrote the article and it quotes David McGuinty:

    "David McGuinty, the Liberal environment critic, said he has picked up a similar vibe.
    "I wouldn’t put it beyond Stephen Harper and John Baird to stand up and say that this country is going to remain a signatory and active participant in the Kyoto treaty," he said.

    John Baird said he "may" let companies pay.

    Seems like a lot of hot air to me.

  • At Thu. Mar. 22, 01:51:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    “Could Stephen Harper learn to love Kyoto? The suggestion from this week's budget is, if there was a sizeable voting population of Vikings in the country, he'd offer up a few villages in Newfoundland to plunder.” John Ivison


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