Canada and the Commonwealth

2 Dec

From: Canada Tour Manager

Leading up to the Copenhagen Summit, members of the Commonwealth met for their Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago. On the top of the meeting agenda was climate change and the suspension of Canada from the Commonwealth. The possible suspension is on the basis of  Canada’s poor climate change policies. The Commonwealth coalition claims:

Canada is contributing to droughts, floods and sea level rises in Commonwealth countries such as Bangladesh, the Maldives and Mozambique.

Canada’s poor climate change policies are reflected in the Country’s failure to meet its Kyoto target. Technically there is no one to hold Canada accountable for failing to meet its target. However, the Commonwealth is not prepared to stand by this. Saleemul Huq, a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was quoted saying:

If the Commonwealth is serious about holding its members to account, then threatening the lives of millions of people in developing countries should lead to the suspension of Canada’s membership immediately

With the threat of a suspension, let’s hope Canada cleans up its act in time for negotations in Copenhagen.


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