Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

European Union Commission Wants Canadian Action on Climate Change

Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Union Commission said (May 5, 2010) Canada shouldn't keep waiting for the rest of the world to act on climate change before making its own changes in advance of a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Brussels.  He is concerned over Canada's position that it won't start taking drastic action to combat climate change until most other countries in the world agree to do the same.  In the end he fears that if more countries adopt this attitude "no one will move in the end."  Barroso feels the matter is pressing enough to require immediate political action to reduce carbon emissions.

Canada has been getting a bad reputation due to the failure of our elected officials to act on climate change.  More specifically to they are getting a bad reputation for failure to reduce carbon emissions that many are citing as the causation of climate change.  From this Canadian's perspective, it is quite clear the current Canadian government has really no interests in environmental concerns.  Their primary goal is taxation! They introduced a green tax right on the heels of suddenly and unexpectedly halting the ecoEnergy Program that provided rebates for homeowners retrofitting their homes to make them more energy efficient with a goal of energy conservation.  Perhaps they missed the point that energy conservation reduces carbon emissions!  Unfortunately with funding no longer available from the Canadian government, provincial home energy retrofitting rebates are also at risk.   What is interesting about the green tax is it has been implimented prior to knowing what the associated costs are.  In other words they are collecting the green tax without knowing what it will be used for.  That makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?  Basically the Canadian government is using climate chage as a scapegoat to increase taxes.   

Inquiring minds would like to know why our elected officials who are being paid substantial salaries by Canadian tax dollars are failing to represent Canada in a better light?


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