Tuesday, December 07, 2010

If You Ever Meet Tory MP Michael Chong, Buy Him A Drink

...and ask him why he's still a Conservative MP:

Mr. Speaker, the manufactured controversy known as “Climategate” has now been debunked by five reviews, including Britain's Royal Society and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. All concluded that scientists had not, as critics alleged, distorted scientific evidence about global warming.

A major assessment earlier this year from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences confirmed the relationship between climate change and human activities. It also warned of growing risks from rising sea levels, drought and disease that can only be addressed by quick action to reduce emissions.

That is why I encourage our government to accelerate its efforts through the clean energy dialogue with the United States and at the climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico.

As with the acid rain treaty of the 1980s, Canada can lead the United States and negotiate a Canada-U.S. climate change treaty that would allow us, as North Americans, to combat climate change and increase the likelihood of an international deal before the Kyoto protocol expires in 2012.

We need to act quickly and we need to act now.


Tof KW said...

To paraphrase Danny Williams, 'Chong is a Progressive Conservative' ...and one of the few real Tories left in the CPC cesspool.

He is also in Harper's bad-books, ever since the 'Quebec is a nation within Canada' vote.

My best guess is he still thinks he can affect the party by staying in it.

Carter Apps, dabbler of stuff said...

Speaking out like this looks like the last desperate act by a guy who knows damn well he's not getting his nomination signed come next election

Surely a guy who believes in science when all his caucus mates don't must also have issues with a lot of the science defuning and the whole census debate, that's gotta create a lot of inner turmoil.
I'd love captialize on the turmoil and buy him as many beers as he can hold, with tape recoder of of course.

Tof KW said...

silver bug, Chong has no worries there, he is quite popular in his Wellington—Halton Hills riding. He's one of very, very few CPC Ontario MPs who's won with over 50% of the vote over the past two elections.

If the brain-trust within the PMO tried to oust him with a star candidate, he could easily run as an independent with a good chance to win. That or divide the conservative vote enough to allow the Liberals to take Wellington—Halton Hills. It is better to keep him in the CPC fold rather than risk loosing this seat altogether. Knowing this, I suspect that is why Chong is so bold.

Also, should a serious CPC leadership challenge erupt from any Red Tory, count on Michael Chong to be supporting them.