Instead of simply admitting that it was over money, he has decided to soften the impact, with images of himself on a white horse, championing the Kyoto Accord.
If you are going to fabricate a story you'd better make sure that fact checkers can't call you on it, because the fact is, it's a bold face lie.
Before getting to the real gotcha moment, by 2005, anyone politically engaged in this country knew that Stephen Harper was going to kill the Accord. In fact he campaigned on it.
From January 2006:
Less than two weeks before voting day, with a majority government in sight, Harper said he would abandon the CO2 emission limits of Kyoto. It was good news for the fossil-fuel industry, but bad news for Canadians, most of whom steadfastly favour the accord.And right after the election from the New York Times: Canadian Voters Oust Incumbent for Conservative
Mr. Harper, 46, is a free-market economist who expressed strong support for Washington at the time of the American-led invasion of Iraq and shares the Bush administration's skepticism of the Kyoto climate control protocol, which Canada has signed and ratified. His party was formed three years ago as a coalition of two conservative parties.And then International outrage by the fall of 2006: French minister slams Canada's Kyoto retreat
Environment Minister Rona Ambrose spent another day on the defensive at the UN Climate Conference as her French counterpart slammed Canada for abandoning emissions-cutting targets under the Kyoto protocol.
"I am very disappointed at Canada's retreat. I hope it is temporary," French Environment Minister Nelly Olin said Thursday. "It's a shock for us, a shock for all who support Kyoto. And above all, it's a shock, I think, for the Canadians who I think are generally supportive of Kyoto." Olin cited the many years she worked with Ambrose's predecessor and current Liberal leadership candidate Stephane Dion to develop a coherent climate plan for Canada.Now we could give Mulcair the benefit of the doubt and say that he never followed the news stories of the day, not even environmental stories, even though he was Quebec's Environment Minister. And so by 2007, when he was negotiating with Harper's Team, he was unaware of the Party's position.
Darn it all, that simply won't work, because we know that he was more than aware of who Harper was and what he stood for. His Quebec Party not only knew of it but discussed it often.
From the Montreal Gazette February 2006: Mulcair quits in a huff
What was supposed to be a low-key shuffle of Premier Jean Charest's cabinet was overshadowed yesterday by the surprise resignation of stalwart minister Thomas Mulcair.And:
One of three anglophones in the cabinet and a man known for his strong views and short fuse, Mulcair quit in a huff rather than accept a demotion to the far less significant ministry of government services, which Charest offered him as compensation for ending his run as minister of the environment and sustainable development.
Bechard [Mulcair's replacement] inherits the same hot seat Mulcair had as a minister in a province that overwhelmingly supports the Kyoto accord faced with a new Conservative government in Ottawa that is cool to it. (my emphasis)So sorry Mr. Mulcair but that's the wrong answer. Would you like to call a friend?