James Moore will take $28 million out of cultural funding to celebrate a war
This week, there's plenty of evidence that the Reform Party of Canada...oops, the Conservatives...have taken off the gloves now that they have a majority.
The party that refuses to pay attention to data or scientific research basically told the world to fuck off at the Durban climate conference. Environment Minister Peter Kent has indicated that Canada will not agree to new greenhouse-gas emission targets after the Kyoto Protocol expires.
Most countries met their reductions under the Kyoto treaty. Canada was supposed to cut its emissions by six percent below the 1990 level, but managed to increase them by 17 percent by 2006. Our country is among the worst offenders in the world.
Naturally, the Conservative position was applauded by our purple Kool-Aid drinking "leading lights" in the Canadian media, such as the Globe and Mail's Margaret Wente, Postmedia columnist Michael Den Tandt, the National Post's Peter Foster, and the CBC's Rex Murphy.
This is not a comedy presentation by Rick Mercer.
Following this embarrassment, the Reform-minded Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore, revealed to a Commons committee that he will reallocate $28 million in cultural funding for a celebration of the War of 1812.
What's next? Take some Canada Council money for a commemoration of the founding convention of the Reform Party of Canada? A museum to honour Bible Bill Aberhart?
Former Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell once called the Conservatives the "barbarians at the gates". Now, it seems, those gates have been scaled.