Although I'd like to be gentle with Blogging Tory Aaron Lee Wudrick given his genuine attempt to engage his (stupid, useless, corporate cocksuckerish) BT colleagues on the issue of the vile DMCA legislation, I'm going to give him one more whap related to this, where he tries to defend Canada's poster boy for anger management classes John Baird for stiffing a bunch of Canadian youth at the Bali climate change conference:
Our federal environment minister cancels his appearance in front of 30 Canadian youth, so he could go and try to pressure some country named “China” into making climate-change commitments? Good God Minister, don’t you have your priorities straight? Since when did actual negotiations take precedence over walking into easily foreseeable media tripwires that work to the political advantage of the government’s opponents? ...
Any fool knows that the best way for Canada to take the lead at Bali would be for John Baird to stand up in front of 30 youth and let them berate and excoriate him for not adopting their preferred “let’s sign anything!” strategy at the conference.
Yes, Aaron, His Royal Lividness John Baird is all about the prioritizing, and maximizing his effectiveness and stuff like that there. Until you read this (emphasis added):
But conservation groups at the summit suggested that Canadian Environment Minister John Baird was deliberately wrecking the discussions after he went AWOL from a key meeting organized one night earlier to resolve a negotiating deadlock.
Baird was personally invited to attend the meeting by the summit's president on Thursday, which was supposed to be the second-last day of the conference. But he failed to show up for the marathon negotiating session which finished after three o'clock in the morning.
"What does it say about how serious Mr. Baird is taking these negotiations?" asked Equiterre spokesperson Steven Guilbeault. "Imagine, you're a junior bureaucrat (from Canada), and you have in front of you the equivalent of a U.S. minister or a Chinese minister or a Japanese minister. I mean there's a huge gap in terms of the authority, in terms of how autonomous the decisions you make can be without having to go back and consult the delegation." ...
CanWest News Service has confirmed that Baird also left the final phase of crucial negotiations and retreated to his hotel room at least once on Friday, while Canadian negotiators were, according to sources at the conference, creating obstacles to stop the rest of the world from recognizing the importance of binding targets
Did you catch all that, Aaron? Mr. Priority was explicitly invited to be a part of some very high-level discussions ... and he fucked off. So howzabout we not do this "He had more important things to do" evasion again?
Yes, I realize you couldn't have known this at the time but, as they say, given enough time, the truth will out, and now we know.