Inspiring and depressing at the same time

I just watched another great TED Talk by Jonas Gahr Store, Norway’s foreign minister, emphasizing the importance of open dialogue in politics.

Fantastic speaker, and amazing CV… which led me to wonder, who the heck is Canada’s Foreign Minister?….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minister_of_Foreign_Affairs_%28Canada%29

Seems to be a bit of revolving door… The current Minister of Foreign Affairs is John Baird, since May of 2011… with absolutely no international experience on his CV. Oh wait, he WAS Environment Minister during 2007-8, and you can see the fantastic results of the environmental targets made…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16153800

Sum up:

The Canadian government has announced it will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, making it the first nation to do so.

The move was expected, as the country declared four years ago that it did not intend to meet its existing commitments, and its annual emissions have risen by about once third since 1990.

Pathetic and utterly embarrassing. Having lived abroad for a few years now, I really notice Canada’s lack of international involvement and global perspective, from its citizens up to its top levels of government. I used to think (and still cling to hope) that politicians were smarter than most of the population, and therefore better qualified to make decisions that affected our future lives. Depressing to think about the lack of smart leadership that exists in Canada.

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