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NCC takes on Kyoto

February 15th, 2007

I wasn’t the only guy in town yesterday to use the St. Valentines Day Massacre theme, as one of the top five political minds in Canada, Gerry Nicholls of the National Citizens Coalition used it to describe the Liberal’s Kyoto bill:

NCC Says Today’s Kyoto Vote Could be a Valentines Day Massacre for the Economy

(Toronto February 14)The National Citizens Coalition says the Liberal Party wants to immediately implement the Kyoto Accord even though such a move could trigger an economic recession in Canada.

“Today’s vote on Kyoto could go down in history as the St. Valentines Day Massacre for Canada’s economy,” says NCC vice president Gerry Nicholls.

Nicholls says implementing the Accord, which demands impossibly steep emission cuts, would clearly have a negative impact on the country and on the standard of living for all Canadians.

“The Liberals, along with the other Opposition parties, want to force the government to implement a treaty which they know full well would gut Canada’s economy,” says NCC vice president Gerry Nicholls. “Yet all the Opposition apparently cares about is scoring cheap political points.”

Nicholls says Liberal leader Stephane Dion’s only goal with this ploy is to embarrass the government.

“The vote this afternoon on Kyoto is not about protecting the environment, it’s just a cynical maneuver to help Dion paint himself as an environmentalist.”

Nicholls says if the Kyoto Accord is implemented it would undermine Canada’s energy sector as well as its manufacturing sector and mean higher taxes for all Canadians.

“Instead of pushing a flawed treaty, our politicians should seek ways to protect the environment without wrecking Canada’s economy”.

I must confess, I don’t know why Harper didn’t call the oppositions bluff and make it a confidence motion.

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  1. Surecure
    February 15th, 2007 at 13:41 | #1

    I don’t think Harper could call this a confidence motion since he didn’t call for this motion. I believe that only the party introducing a motion before government (whether that party comprises government or not) can call it a confidence motion. And since it was a Liberal motion, Harper can’t change its scope to be a confidence motion.

    I might be wrong on this, but I think that’s how it works.

    Either way, Nicholls is right. This is cheap politics at its worst. Boy, that Southern border is looking more and more attractive.

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