To no one’s surprise who has been following the matter, the Federal Court of Canada Tuesday upheld the right of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government to withdraw from the Kyoto accord.
That had been challenged by former Bloc MP Daniel Turp, who claimed the government had acted improperly, supported by all the usual suspects in the environmental movement.
This despite the fact Section 27 of the Kyoto accord reads, in part:
(1) At any time after three years from the date on which this Protocol has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from this Protocol by giving written notification …
(2) Any such withdrawal shall take effect upon expiry of one year from the date of receipt … of the notification of withdrawal.
The Kyoto protocol came into effect Jan. 1, 2008.