Fall election affecting Copenhagen talks?
So I'm sure you all have heard by now Ignatieff's election battle call and the likelihood of an election this fall being very high. Harper has already come out and said that an election would disrupt Canada's economic recovery - but would it also affect Canada's position in the lead up to the Copenhagen talks in December?
Calgary Premier Ed Stelmach seems to think so. As reported in the Calgary Herald, Stelmach says he'd hate to see a federal campaign disrupt work being done between Ottawa and the provinces to iron out climate change targets and measures that Canada will trumpet at Copenhagen.
I actually think a fall election might be a good idea - it might allow the issue of climate change to be pushed front and centre on a national stage at the critical moment before Copenhagen. However, it might also just be another back burner issue to the economy, and a change of government might not be able to scramble in time to do any meaningful work at the conference. Even a re-elected Harper government could possibly use the excuse of having to go through another election to delay announcing any targets or announcing weak targets...