...by naming David Chernushenko, the deputy leader of the Green Party, to the National Roundtable on Environment and the Economy, a blue-chip panel that advises the federal government on environmental policy. According to CTV:
The move is seen as an attempt by the Tories to deflect some criticism over their handling of the environment file.
By reaching across party lines, the Conservatives can claim that they are seeking out all viewpoints and policy advice to cut down on air pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Clever tactic from the Tories, and another sign that the Green Party is moving into the mainstream of Canadian politics.
And somewhat comforting to people like me, who fear that Jack Layton may let the Clean Air Act pass in exchange for some window-dressing that will make his NDP look good but do nothing to address the underlying issues. Hopefully, having a Green near the action to call "Bullshit!" will keep the NDP (and other two opposition parties) from selling out when the parliamentary committee formed to overhaul Harper's green plan swings into action.