Monday, February 12, 2007

Back to the starting point

The Cons' announcement of some funding for provincial environmental programs is certainly better than nothing. But it speaks volumes about PMS' lack of leadership on the environment that the Cons' largest action to date is a fund under which the provinces will deal with greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution for themselves, rather than anything approaching a federal strategy or plan.

Moreover, it doesn't even seem certain that the funding will do anything more than replace the previous federal-provincial arrangements which the Cons proudly eliminated last year while whining that the provinces should be left to deal with the environment themselves. Which means that like so many of the supposed signs of Con environmental progress, today's announcement seems like nothing more than an attempt by the Cons to receive credit for undoing their own damage.

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