When we call Joe Clark, John Turner, Kim Campbell and Paul Martin “former prime ministers,” it is technically true. But, I mean, come on…
Four former prime ministers – Kim Campbell, Paul Martin, Joe Clark and John Turner – and leaders in academia, science, business and the environment have united to demand the federal government do much more to deal with climate change.
The diverse group, which also includes students, steelworkers and authors, is expected to release a statement in Toronto Tuesday calling for “steep cuts” in Canadian greenhouse gas emissions and deployment of “climate-safe technologies at a staggering rate.”
While the group claims to be non-partisan, it is clearly dissatisfied with the Conservative government’s performance on what many consider the most pressing issue facing the planet.
These were really, really, really bad prime ministers. Only Martin actually won an election and that was another technicality — he really just sort of notched an election along the Liberals’ long decline. In fact, the secondary members of the group —
Stephen Bronfman, the Hon. David Peterson, Prof. David Keith, Katherine Giroux-Bougard, National Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students, Prof. Andrew Weaver from the IPCC and the University of Victoria, Ken Neumann, National Director for Canada, United Steelworkers, Kashmere Dahliwal, President of North America’s largest Sihk temple and Dr. Marlo Raynolds from the Pembina Institute
— while a somewhat random collection of luminaries, probably collectively shine brighter than the most embarrassing living losers in Canadian politics.
Which is a shame, because the group’s signature policy recommendation, that some sort of policy be adopted that prices carbon at not less than $30 a tonne, ought to be taken seriously in the public debate.