Gov't Commissioner says Feds Still Failing on the Environment

Tue, 2007-10-30 14:39Kevin Grandia
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Gov't Commissioner says Feds Still Failing on the Environment

The Canadian federal Commissioner on the Environment says that the federal government (Liberal or Conservative) is failing miserably when it comes to the environment.

In his report, commissioner Ron Thompson says that, the “ambition and momentum” that once existed when it came to environmentally sustainable policies “have faded and that strategies are a major disappointment.”

And the Auditor General agrees. Sheila Fraser says of the report, “after a decade, sustainable development strategies are a major disappointment. For the most part, senior managers in departments have not demonstrated that they take the strategies seriously and few parliamentary committees have considered them.”

Politicians continue to ignore this issue at their own peril. For over a year now, the issue of the environment has been top-of-mind for Canadians according to opinion poll, after opinion poll, beating out health care and the economy.

The first politician to show real leadership on the issue and offer a substantial and clearly laid out plan for action on the issue of climate change (the top of - of the top-of mind issue), will reap huge rewards.

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