rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

Opposition parties call for Kyoto extension

A media conference is taking place at this moment with representatives of the Liberal, NDP, Bloc Quebecois, and Green parties, as well as Climate Action Network members.

Liberal environment critic Gerard Kennedy, NDP environment critic Linda Duncan, Bloc environment critic Bernard Bigras, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May are on the podium.

They are calling on the Harper government to take action on climate change and respect the Kyoto Protocol.

May is denouncing the Harper government's defeat of C-311, the climate legislation recently stopped in the Senate after its passage in the House of Commons.

Assembly of First Nations Yukon chief Eric Morris is calling for strong emission reductions and for participation as a party in the climate talks.

Equiterre, the National Union of Public and General Employees, and the Canadian Youth Delegation also spoke.

It's not obvious at this point in the large room (with about 35 people in it) which, if any, Canadian media might be present. We are told that environment minister John Baird scheduled a press conference for earlier this morning off-site, thus effectively taking most of the Canadian media from this gathering.

Brent Patterson, Director of Campaigns and Communications, Council of Canadians

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.


We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.