Stephen Harper skips UN Climate Summit, environmentalists cry foul
"Mr. Speaker tomorrow more than 125 world leaders will meet in New York to discuss global solutions to climate change. Our allies including President Obama and David Cameron will be there but our Prime Minister is skipping out. They are so insistent about keeping their ideological blinders about climate change that they are willing to miss out on important economic and diplomatic opportunities. If we promise not to say we told you so, will the Prime MInister do the right thing and go to the climate summit?" Megan Leslie, NDP Environment Critic
Despite criticism from at home and abroad, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will not be attending the United Nations Climate Summit this morning. He'll be in New York City today. But he's sending Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq in his place.
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125 world leaders will attend, though India, China, Russia, Australia and Germany are also sending deputies. Critics say the Prime Minister's decision to sit this one out is one more example of how he doesn't take climate change seriously.
Colin Carrie is the Conservative MP for Oshawa and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Environment Minister.
The Current requested an interview with the Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq but she was unavailable.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon led the People's Climate March on the weekend -- believed to be the biggest demonstration against climate change to date. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was one of hundreds of thousands walking with him.
This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino and Pacinthe Mattar.