Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Like Putting Lipstick On A Pig

Despite protests to the contrary, putting John Baird on the environment file is more about PR than anything else:
One of the leading industry officials who has been involved in the government's talks with industry said while the longer-term targets aren't yet decided, the draft plan is consistent with what he expects the final rules to look like.

"It seems consistent with the direction. I don't see anything in the [newspaper] report that particularly surprises me," said Mike Cleland, president and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association.

Mr. Cleland said Mr. Baird's appointment did not lead to any obvious changes in the industry talks.

"Minister Baird has clearly put a more aggressive or proactive face on things, but I think what we're seeing is a reflection of a lot of work that has gone on before that." So I don't sense a dramatic change in direction," he said.
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