With Environment Minister John Baird's recent salvo against Kyoto the strategy of the Harper government towards the Kyoto Protocol is becoming clearer.
Under Rona Ambrose the tact was simple. The science was phony. The protocol was a joke. It was better to ignore and legislate to clean up pollution - a word never used once in the protocol.
Somewhere along the line the Harperites came to the realization that the strategy wasn't good. The environment was becoming the number one issue for Canadians in the void of anything else for anyone to talk about. Somewhere after the stunning rise of the Green Party in London-North-Center the strategy got a revamp.
The environment overnight became a non-winnable issue for the Conservative Party. Now the same way Harper strategists viewed Health care they were looking a the environment: wherever the Liberals are so are we. Or at least that's the way things appeared to this oft mistaken blogger.
Now we are learning that there was a strict stipulation on that strategy - we would not buy into the lie that Kyoto is a realistic treaty with achievable results. Baird's tact all along seems to have been to build up Conservative credibility on the issue while attacking the treaty.