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Speech from the Throne Promises Little on Climate Change

Posted 3/4/2010 by Senator Grant Mitchell

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Here is a question I asked in the Senate Chamber today about the silence of the Speech from the Throne on meeting the climate change challenge:

Honourable senators, while the government put almost nothing about climate change in its Throne Speech, it did make one point that I found very interesting. That point is that the government "has pursued a balanced approach to emissions reduction."

It has always struck me as odd to try to define an approach to anything when absolutely nothing has been done.

Could the Leader of the Government in the Senate describe to us what elements of this balanced approach exist in such a way as to allow her government to conclude they have actually had an approach, when in fact all the evidence is that they have done absolutely nothing to reduce carbon emissions in this country over the last four long years of their government?

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