Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Get ready for more attacks on civil service independence...


The Conservatives combine here two noticeable trends of Harper's reign: A disinterest in anything regarding the environment, and a hilarious dismantling of any claims they made about "open government" and "accountability" when they came into power.

"Without a system to count real emission reductions that result from its measures, the government will not be able to inform Parliament whether the measures are working," Scott Vaughan, commissioner of the environment and sustainable development, said Tuesday in the text of a prepared statement."

A recurring flaw … is the lack of transparency on the part of the government as to how forecast reductions are calculated," the report said. It noted that the potential effect of factors such as energy prices and economic conditions are not included.

Lovely. Given that you can draw a lot of similarities between what Vaughan is saying here, and what Kevin Page has repeatedly said about the Conservatives economic predictions, don't be surprised when the office of the Environment commissioner starts coming under Page-like siege from the Tories.

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