CANADA VOTE REIGNITES KYOTO ROW

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CANADA VOTE REIGNITES KYOTO ROW

 user 2007-02-15 at 12:20:00 pm Views: 56
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    Canada vote reignites Kyoto row
    Politicians
    in Canada’s parliament have voted, by 161 votes to 113, in favour of a
    motion that would force the government to meet its Kyoto targets.Canada
    remains a signatory to the landmark international agreement to reduce
    greenhouse gases.But the Conservatives have rejected most of the
    targets since forming a minority government in 2006.The bill gives the
    government 60 days to table a detailed plan for getting in line with
    the Kyoto targets.But the Conservative government has caused
    controversy by calling those targets unattainable and a threat to
    Canada’s economy.The new law is binding but Canada’s Environment
    Minister, John Baird, has called the vote a stunt.

    Fierce debate
    He
    has suggested the minority government might simply ignore it,
    essentially challenging the opposition to bring down the government and
    force a spring election.Such a scenario would be unpopular with
    politicians across the political spectrum.The vote comes after months
    of fierce debate between the Conservatives and the opposition Liberals
    over each other’s environmental policies.The Conservatives accuse the
    Liberals of doing very little to reduce greenhouse gases during the 12
    years they were in power.But the Conservative government has been on
    the defensive over its own record.One environment minister has already
    lost her job over a series of mistakes, and an embarrassing letter
    written by the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, in 2002
    recently surfaced.It derided the Kyoto accord as a socialist scheme
    designed to suck money out of rich countries.