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September 29, 2008

Harper's Lack of Environmental Leadership "Sabotages Any Claims to Environmental Leadership That Canada May Have in the World, Destroys Hope in the Future"

Peterborough Examiner nature columnist Drew Monkman has written one of the most heartfelt and compelling Letters to the Editor that I've read during the current election campaign. It's a call to environmental action that speaks of opportunities lost and opportunities we can't afford to waste. Here is a brief excerpt:

"Less than two years ago, it seemed that Canadians had finally woken up to the reality of climate change and were ready to support tough government action. HoweMapleleafonrocksanndouglasver, looking at voting intentions in this election, it's clear we have slipped back into complacency....

...Harper's blanket dismissal of St├ęphane Dion and his carbon tax is a huge slap in the face to anyone who takes climate change seriously. It is grossly insulting to see how progressive, intelligent, expert-supported policy has been so unfairly trashed by bullying, ridicule and deception.

Stephen Harper is hoping to convince us it can be business as usual and that now is not the time to bring in change. The subliminal message seems to be that the warnings of scientists don't really need to be heeded. The lack of a viable program on the part of the Conservatives is profoundly destructive. It sabotages any claims to environmental leadership that Canada may still have in the world and, on a more personal level, simply destroys hope in the future."

Please take a moment to read Drew Monkman's letter in its entirety. You will be both inspired and left feeling profoundly sad.

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