Barack Obama's decision to attend the Copenhagen climate-change conference placed the Harper government on the defensive at a time of rising federal-provincial tensions over environment policy and an internal report that faults federal efforts.
A recent Treasury Board report on the performance of all federal departments has harsh words for Ottawa's efforts. The report found a "declining performance" in air quality, biodiversity, and greenhouse gas emissions.In previous dire times, Canada responded to a crisis without checking to see what the Americans were going to do. Canada went to war a week after Britain declared war in 1939: America waited to fight the Nazis until Hitler lost his mind and delcared war on them after Pearl Harbour. Climate change is THE biggest crisis humanity faces. Why are we waiting to follow America instead of demonstrating leadership?