…Ambrose told the committee the Conservative government won’t be spending a dime of Kyoto cash abroad, arguing that taxpayers’ money should be used to clean up the Canadian environment, not fix other countries’ pollution problems.
To illustrate her point, Ambrose pounded the previous Liberal governments for spending “hundreds of millions of dollars” on Kyoto carbon credits, investing the funds in what she portrayed as all manner of shady anti-pollution schemes in foreign countries rife with corruption.
“I have in front of me a list of at least $100 million of money that was used to purchase international credits,” Ambrose told the committee. “I can go through the list.”
So she did — $2 million to the state power corporation of China; $2.5 million to Panama; $3 million to Bangladesh; $1.5 million to the government of India; $375,000 to Paraguay.
“I could go on and on,” Ambrose said. “There’s hundreds of millions of dollars … for international credits. When we see this kind of list, it is troubling that the priorities of the Liberal party (were) to spend this money elsewhere.
“Some of these projects actually didn’t even earn us Kyoto credits.”
Actually, none of the projects earned any Kyoto credits because the entire list of dubious foreign money pits had next to nothing at all to do with the environmental accord.
After considerable digging and prodding, we discover that the environment minister was quoting from a roster of foreign aid projects approved by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and funded from a one-shot $100-million kitty set up under the Liberals in 2000, and long since emptied.
While the money was supposed to be spent on projects to help developing countries clean up their act, none of it had any connection to Kyoto credits, contrary to what the minister would have us believe. It was foreign aid, plain and simple.
Poor, poor Rona.
Rona before Commons Committee Meeting
Rona after Commons Committee Meeting
She’s going to be tripping on that nose before long.
Or, maybe one day she’ll no longer be a puppet…