The Canadian Press
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Stephen Harper’s sincerity in tackling climate change was challenged Wednesday after his former foreign affairs minister assailed what he described as alarmism over global warming.
The Prime Minister’s Office insisted Maxime Bernier was speaking strictly for himself. But opposition parties pounced on the Quebec Conservative MP’s comments to charge that the Harper government is finally showing its true colours as a climate change skeptic.
While opposition MPs depicted Bernier as doing Harper’s bidding, plenty of Tories in the blogosphere saw it as a daring break with official government policy and the first step toward staking out Mr. Bernier’s turf in a future leadership battle.
In a letter to La Presse newspaper, Mr. Bernier argued there is no scientific consensus on the matter and he applauded the Conservative government for taking a go-slow approach.
“The debate over climate change, stifled for years by political correctness, has finally broken out in the media,” he wrote in a letter published Wednesday.
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