The Auditor-General's Office is poised to release a scathing assessment of Liberal spending programs linked to the Kyoto climate accord. The report is expected to land Sept. 28, within days of the announcement of the Conservative government's environmental plan.Regardless of the convenient timing of the Auditor General's report and the release of the Conservative Party's environmental "Made-in-Canada" plan, Stéphane Dion needs to hit the ground running on this and hit it running now, or it's going to make him and the Liberal Party look horrible on environmental issues, more so than it already does - that is if, of course, the Auditor General's report is half as scathing as the article suggests.
The source said the audit's criticisms include actions at Environment Canada when it was led by former minister Stéphane Dion. Mr. Dion is currently campaigning for the leadership of the Liberal Party and has made environmental policy a central part of his platform. He was environment minister from July of 2004 until the government's defeat Jan. 23, 2006.
The Liberal Party will not be able to own the environment as a credible policy plank anymore if the report, as suggested, shows the Liberal Party incapable of managing programs related to the environment - contrary to the opinions of some. Doubly worrisome to the Liberals, if there is the possibility of another general election coming in the near future, this report will linger fresh in the minds of Canadians like another certain Auditor General's report as an example of its inability to effectively manage government programs, especially in the minds of Canadians wanting strong environmental policy and especially if they choose Mr. Dion as their leader.
More important to Mr. Dion, his bid centres around his record as Environment Minister and his plan for the environment. Could the Liberal Party afford to elect him as leader?
Of course, this is all speculation based upon a report that has yet to be delivered. Depending on what the report says, it'll be interesting to see what happens in the Liberal Party.
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