Statement made on 04 October 2011 by Senator Grant Mitchell
Hon. Grant Mitchell:
Honourable senators, if it were possible to shame this government, or at least for it to ever feel ashamed, then the last week or so has been a pretty bad week for the Conservative Government of Canada. First, the National Round Table on the Economy and Environment established that climate change impacts will cost this government and the Canadian people literally billions of dollars, and this government is neither assessing them nor taking any action to avert or adapt to them. Second, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development just reported that this government has no key management systems to measure or manage any reductions that it might want to try to implement, if it actually wanted to try to implement any.
Could the Leader of the Government tell the house how, in light of these observations, laying off 776 people from Environment Canada and cutting $70 million in grants that might have done something can be anything but an absolute climate change policy disaster?
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