Statement - Minister Baird responds to statements by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

    OTTAWA, April 28 /CNW Telbec/ - With respect to the comments of former
United States Vice President Al Gore, the Honourable John Baird, the Minister
of the Environment, made the following statement:
    "Former Vice-President Al Gore deserves acknowledgement for the success
of his film in highlighting the huge ecological challenge of climate change.
It is regrettable, however, that the former Vice President has criticized
Canada's recently released action plan to cut greenhouse gases and air
    "It is difficult to accept criticism from someone who preaches about
climate change, but who never submitted the Kyoto Protocol to a vote in the
United States Senate, who never did as much as Canada is now doing to fight
climate change during eight years in Office, and who has campaigned
exclusively for hundreds of Democratic candidates who have weaker plans to
fight greenhouse gases than Canada's New Government.
    "It is equally regrettable that the former US Vice President decided to
speak out without ever having been briefed on the contents of our plan.
    "The fact is our plan is vastly tougher than any measures introduced by
the Administration of which the former Vice President was a member."
    "I am ready to meet with Mr. Gore at any time to discuss the climate
change threat and our Government's tough plan to reduce Canada's emissions".

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (613) 697-8079; Environment Canada Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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