Climate Change Confidential

The Campbell administration has consulted with University of Victoria earth and ocean sciences professor Andrew Weaver as part of its initiative to address the global warming problem. In an interview with Public Eye, Prof. Weaver, a prominent climatologist, confirmed he met with the administration's climate action cabinet committee last Wednesday. But he's keeping what was said during that meeting - which took place at the premier's Vancouver office - under lock and key. "That's something I'm not prepared to discuss with the media," he explained. "Because, you know, I do agree with the premier that there are certain frank discussions that you can't have if you do them in an open environment. Public policy has to be debated publicly. But the discussions that you have, at times, need to be kept confidential. Because, if they're not confidential, you don't end up saying the kind of things you need to say."

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"But the discussions that you have, at times, need to be kept confidential. Because, if they're not confidential, you don't end up saying the kind of things you need to say."

Absolutely correct and one needs to have sufficient confidence in the integrity of the individual receiving what can be strong messages in order to say the kinds of things that need saying.

It's an old theme, confidential advice to Cabinet. It allows Canadian governments, federal and provincial, a nice way to forestall informed criticism, by offering access and influence, real or imagined, in exchange for silence. It looks like Gordon Campbell has taken a page from the Mackenzie King - Jack Pickersgill school of Liberal governance.

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