From Copenhagen to Cancun: Words can hurt
I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some words that came from the mouth of our negotiator yesterday during the briefing with the Canadian delegation and Canadian stakeholders. Mr. Yves St. Jacques stated that, “Everyone understands that it is time to make decisions and to compromise.” Well isn’t that fabulous…
After years and years of negotiations (as things just get worse and emissions continue on an upward trend) our leaders have FINALLY acknowledged that decisions and compromises might be a good idea. We as Canadian can feel like proud parents whose child has learned the valuable lesson of sharing. But not really. Unlike a child who has genuinely good intentions, this discovery voiced by St. Jacques is surely just another media line with empty meaning. Although they might UNDERSTAND that decisions and compromises need to be made there is no indication that they will ACT on this understanding.
If that statement wasn’t enough, the claim that Canada’s 17% target is “ambitious” was like a bullet to the chest. Honestly? Do you actually believe that Mr. St. Jacques? Speaking of understanding, I have yet to understand how our negotiator can say that a death sentence is ambitious. It is also nothing new…this behaviour is extremely predictable and consistent. It’s words like this that remind me why I’m here…to push back when nonsense spouts out the mouth of those who represent me!