Baird is not the Minister of the Environment he is the Minister of kissing Bush’s butt! His performance in Bali and sheer ignorance on the issue of climate change is embarrassing to the country he represents. Baird only took the Environment portfolio because his riding is in Ottawa and the didn’t want to be heading the Treasury Board while the government was in collective bargaining with the public service’s largest union (not a good idea to tick off a large number of potential voters in a minority government). He doesn’t give two shakes about the environment and that attitude is coming out loud and clear at the Bali conference.
Only an idiot would put the economy (a man-made invention wholly unrelated to the survival of the species) ahead of the environment (essential to the survival of the species). Especially since leading economists in Britain say that being environmentally responsible is actually good for the economy.
Reference: Canada lumped with U.S. at climate change talks
Baird targeted at Bali over Canada's climate stance