I bumped into Jim Prentice a few weeks ago at the Manning Centre Networking Conference. I dusted off the part of my brain that stores info on current environmental issues and pulled out my trusty cam for an on-the-spot interview.
The questions in the interview are relevant to recent news about the American Senatorial stalling on instituting a cap-and-trade system in the US. Canadian critics argue that Canada should “set an example” moving forward on an international trading market while some economic realists disagree.
In the interim, the Minister of the Environment plans on moving to regulate and harmonize emissions standards.
Equiterre’s reaction on allegations from the Associate Director- Press Secretary of Prime minister Stephen Harper, Dimitri Soudas
Copenhagen, December 14, 2009- Equiterre reacted in the following terms regarding allegations made today by the Associate Director- Press Secretary of Prime minister Stephen Harper, Mr. Dimitri Soudas. Mr. Soudas accused Steven Guilbeault, cofounder and Deputy Director of Equiterre, to be the source of the spoof on Environment Canada that promotes an important change in the federal government’s climate change policy, The information can be found at the imitation website: www.enviro-canada.ca/index.php.
“Mr. Guilbeault clearly indicated that he is not the source of this spoof. Neither is Equiterre. It is shameful that Office of the Prime Minister is making such accusations without any proof. Mr. Guilbeault and Equiterre are asking Dimitri Soudas to retract his accusations and to present his excuses.
We also deeply regret that Canada’s position on cilmate change is nowhere near the one presented on Environment Canada’s fake website.
Equiterre suggests that the Associate Director, Communication/Press Secretary, Dimitri Soudas, from the Prime Minister office, should stop throwing baseless accusations. A better way to use his time would probably be to advise the Canadian government to change its deeply flawed position on climate.”
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Where did the “accusation” come from? Soudas had send this email out to the media regarding the Prentice/WSJ spoof:
You may have received a release entitled:
“CANADA ANNOUNCES REVISED FIGURES FOR EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS, RELIEF FUNDS”
This is not a government of Canada press release.
We’re told it may have been issued by mr. Guilbault from equiterre.
If that’s the case, time would be better used by supporting Canada’s efforts to reach an agreement instead of sending out hoax press releases.
More time should be dedicated to playing a constructive role instead of childish pranks.
What made Soudas suspect Guilbault? Apparently, Guilbault forwarded the spoof press release to people and press attending the Copenhagen climate change summit.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Steven Guilbeault
Subject: Fwd: CANADA ANNOUNCES REVISED FIGURES FOR EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS, RELIEF FUNDS
Just got that
Début du message transféré :
Date: 14 décembre 2009 14:09:55 UTC+01:00
Objet: CANADA ANNOUNCES REVISED FIGURES FOR EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS, RELIEF FUNDS
December 14, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW AGENDA FOR CLIMATE AND WORLD DEVELOPMENT
Plan includes stricter emissions reductions and immediate “climate debt” bailouts for most affected countries
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — In a major development coming three days before the final round of UN climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, and responding to the recent concerns expressed by the G77 bloc of countries, Canada’s Attaché for Environment and Planning announced today an ambitious plan for a new climate change framework that answers vital concerns voiced by developing nations.
Dubbed “Agenda 2020,” the plan sets strict new emissions-reductions guidelines for Canada and fast-tracks financing for vulnerable countries beginning in 2010.
“Today the G77 has again made their voice very clear,” said Jim Prentice, Canada’s Minister for the Environment. “This policy is our answer. Long in discussion, and slated for release later this week, Agenda 2020 is Canada’s commitment to a science-based approach to climate change, and our way to assert our partnership with the developing world.”
Agenda 2020 sets binding emissions reductions targets of 40% below 1990 levels by 2020 and at least 80% by 2050, in line with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and approaching the levels demanded by the African Group (link ). The plan also introduces a new instrument, known as the “Climate Debt Mechanism” (CDM), committing Canada to much-needed funding to those developing countries facing the most dire consequences of climate change. CDM payments will begin with 1% and rise to the equivalent of 5% of Canada’s GDP annually by 2030.
“We believe all people will benefit from an equitable climate deal that truly energizes the world economy,” said Prentice.
The initial 2010 CDM outlay (representing 1% of Canada’s GDP, or $13 billion) will be allocated to the African countries for emissions-reduction strategies and alternative-energy development programs. Payments will also finance resilience-building projects in specific communities already facing the results of climate change or threatened with its most dire consequences.
The CDM is the world’s first financial mechanism that truly addresses the rising costs of climate change in developing countries. It follows a November announcement from Canada and its Commonwealth partners committing $10 billion to climate change adaptation for vulnerable countries (link ). By providing quick access to adaptation finance, the CDM builds on this commitment and takes the global lead in supporting vulnerable countries. CDM payments will be completely separate from pre-existing development assistance and will be considered to be payments in a balance of trade.
“Canada is taking the long view on the world economy,” said Prentice. “Nobody benefits from a world in peril. Contributing to the development of other nations and taking full responsibilities for our emissions is simple Canadian good sense. We want to show the world that Canada is a leader on climate change.”
The full details of the CDM framework will be released when Prime Minister Stephen Harper attends the high-level session of the Copenhagen climate talks this Wednesday.
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Asst. Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of the Environment
888-349-7068 ext 101
For more information visit www.enviro-canada.ca/agenda2020
10:25AM: Cabinet embargo about to end. Should have the list up soon.
10:31AM: Other MPs at Rideau Hall: Bev Oda, Peter MacKay, Keith Ashfield, Gary Lunn, Chuck Strahl, Gordon O’Conner, Tony Clement, Gerry Ritz, Stephen Fletcher, and Lawrence Cannon.
10:40AM: Here we go. Here comes cabinet into the hall.
10:44AM: Nicholson stays in Justice, no surprise there.
10:45AM: Greg Thompson at Veterans Affairs, Chuck Strahl at INAC, Vic Toews at Treasury Board
10:48AM: Bev Oda at CIDA, Flaherty at Finance, Gerry Ritz at Agriculture
10:50AM: Jean-Pierre Blackburn to Revenue. Aglukkaq to Health. Finley to HRSRC.
10:55AM: Raitt to NRCan, Day to International Trade and Asia-Pacific Gateway.
10:55AM: Ambrose to Labour.
10:58AM: Prentice to environment. The could be to negotiate new regs with the provinces when it comes to GHG emissions. Alberta will need to sit down with the federal government soon to finalize the new regulations for the oil and gas sector.
11:00AM: Baird goes to Transport/Infrastructure.
11:01AM: Cannon goes to Foreign Affairs.
11:02AM: Tony Clement goes to Industry.
11:05AM: Josee Verner to intergovernmental affairs.
11:05AM: Jay Hill to House Leader.
11:05AM: PVL to Public Safety.
11:07AM: Jason Kenney to Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.
11:08AM: Christian Paradis to Public Works.
11:09AM: James Moore to Heritage and Official Languages.
11:14AM: Gail Shea to Fisheries.
11:16AM: Gary Lunn to Sport.
11:17AM: Gordon O’Connor to Government Whip.
11:18AM: Helena Guergis to Status of Women.
11:19AM: Diane Ablonczy stays at Small Business.
11:20AM: Rob Merrifield to Minister of State (Transport).
11:22AM: Lynne Yelich to Western Economic Diversification.
11:24AM: Steven Fletcher to Democratic Reform.
11:27AM: Gary Goodyear to Minister of State for Science and Technology. Goodyear will work closely with Minister of Industry Tony Clement.
11:29AM: Denis Lebel to economic development for Quebec. Lebel will be the cash man for Quebec and this will help him electorally.
11:31AM: Keith Ashfield to ACOA.
11:32AM: Peter Kent to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas).