Socialist conspiracy watch
Surely, the Tories knew this was coming. Just when Harper comes out swinging with those nasty attack ads, reminiscent of the anti-Kerry swift-boat ads in 2004, the Liberals (unlike the Democrats) counter-punch very effectively. I think the months to come are going to be pretty ugly in Ottawa.
OTTAWA â€” A prime minister who now promises to fight climate change once ridiculed the Kyoto accord as a money-sucking socialist scheme and said he would battle to defeat it.
Stephen Harper derided the global treaty and questioned the science of climate change in a 2002 fundraising letter sent to members of his now-defunct Canadian Alliance party. …
â€œKyoto is essentially a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations,â€ says the letter, signed by Mr. Harper.â€œImplementing Kyoto will cripple the oil and gas industry, which is essential to the economies of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia . . .
â€œWorkers and consumers everywhere in Canada will lose. THERE ARE NO CANADIAN WINNERS UNDER THE KYOTO ACCORD.â€
Steve, what about the “socialists”? Don’t they win?
He also blasted the treaty for targeting carbon dioxide â€” which he said is â€œessential to lifeâ€ â€” and played down the science of climate change as â€œtentative and contradictory.â€
Mr. Harper went on to promise a â€œbattle of Kyotoâ€ in hope of defeating the ChrÃ©tien Liberals’ efforts to implement the treaty legislation in the House of Commons.
â€œBut we can’t do it alone. It will take an army of Canadians to beat Kyoto, just as it did to beat (the) Charlottetown (constitutional accord),â€ he wrote.
An army, fighting for the oil industry … who does that remind you of?
The prime minister’s office would not comment on the letter but pointed out that the emission levels occurred under the previous Liberal government.
“We just denied climate change. It was the Liberals’ fault for listening to people like us and caving in to the political pressure we put on them to do nothing.”