Several environmental groupsare asking Environment Minister Rona Ambrose to resign as chair of UN negotiations on extending the Kyoto Protocol.
The argument is that, since Canada has effectively abandoned the climate treaty, Rona Ambrose should not take preside as president of the international negotiations.Under the UN system, the Canadian environment minister is chair of the talks. The purpose of the talks is to negotiate a second phase of the treaty and to obtain commitments from developing countries, currently exempt from targets.
Dale Marshall of the David Suzuki Foundation observed:
"The countries that are there, that are still committed to their targets . . . deserve a chair that is committed to the process. Ms. Ambrose is not."
It is clear that the Harper government is aligning itself with the U.S. and Australia and has no intention to implement Kyoto. Indeed the recent budget slashed climate change programs. Under these circumstances it is ludicrous for Ms. Ambrose to be presiding over the negotiations for the follow-up to Kyoto.
Posted by cardinal47 at Wednesday, May 10, 2006