Don’t get us wrong – we like Canada.
Historically Canada and the UK have been allies and friends. But while the Canadian government probably isn’t top of your list of environmental villains, maybe it should be.
Here are the facts:
- Canada’s emissions rose 26.2 per cent between 1990 and 2007. That’s not missing your Kyoto targets, that’s destroying them.
- The Canadian government is committed to the expansion of the Albertan tar sands. Tar sands are the dirtiest and most damaging way to get oil out of the ground ever devised.
- A recent report put Canada bottom of the G8 league table in terms of tackling climate change. As Copenhagen approaches, we should expect something more from one of the richest countries in the world.
That's why we supported calls for them to be kicked out of the Commonwealth unless they shaped up. The Commonwealth is particularly significant, because Canada’s staggering lack of action on climate change is contributing to droughts, floods and sea level rise in small island states and vulnerable countries around the world – places like Bangladesh, the Maldives and Mozambique - many of whom are also Commonwealth members.
Anyway, that's what we were saying last week. And so the Canadian Broadcasting Service came to interview John, our executive director, just to check that we did actually like Canada after all.