Friday, February 02, 2007
Tory strategy on the environment
It's becoming pretty clear — and the CBC's Keith Boag noticed it, too — that at least part of the Tory strategy on the environment is to keep pointing out the Liberal record on the file. They're doing it over and over and over again.
Are the Tories hiding behind that Liberal record? In part, yes. But there's something else going on here. Even the Liberals know it and it's why they're digging up past Harper quotes on Kyoto. There's a credibility game being played and the Conservatives are doing their best to remind Canadians that the Liberals have none.
By doing this, the government will then turn around and sell whatever record they eventually establish as a whole heckuva lot better than what we'll ever get from the other guys. It's why the Liberals are frantically trying to prevent progress on the Clean Air Act and, at the same time, are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Harper in the hopes of making some kind of dent. The Liberals have realized that they're in some political trouble on this file, and they won't go down without a fight. That's for sure.