Aglukkaq attacks political foes over climate
OTTAWA - The Conservative government is responding to an international report on "unequivocal" global warming by slamming past Liberal inaction and an alleged NDP carbon tax.
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms the planet is heating up and that it's "extremely likely" human activities are the cause.
The report says the effects are especially apparent in the Northern Hemisphere, affecting everything from sea ice and snowfall to permafrost.
Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq says in a release that Canada is playing a leadership role in addressing climate change, even though independent reports show the country is not on track to meet its international emissions reductions target.
Nonetheless, Aglukkaq is taking aim at her political opponents, saying previous Liberal governments did nothing and New Democrats want to kill jobs with a cap-and-trade system.
Her comments stand in stark contrast to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who called the new climate report a "wake-up call" for governments to get serious about global warming.