I have a hard time imagining Canada’s Environment Minister Jim Prentice (or, gasp, John Baird) sending his bureaucrats a memo like the one Lisa P Jackson just sent to her staff at the US Environmental Protection Agency, outlining her intention to remake the agency as a principled force to be reckoned with.

Imagine if the Canadian government adopted the same principles. Science wouldn’t be distorted by political agendas. Government would follow the rule of law. And politicos would aspire to be transparent and accountable to the citizenry.

Off the top of my head I can think of at least a half dozen current Ecojustice lawsuits that have been filed in the past couple years because government violated these very principles (here, here, here, here, and here, for example).

Perhaps these lofty ambitions will drift northward. But I am not holding my breath, especially after the $85 billion budget announced yesterday that is considerably light on green.

Where is Canada’s Obama?

By Jode Roberts