"Cabinet shuffle moves climate agenda further from Premier's reach," declared one headline. Gordon Campbell "downgrades climate change in shuffle of cabinet bureaucrats," stated another, summarizing the premier's decision to make the environment ministry responsible for the climate action secretariat, rather than his own office. And, according to provincial New Democrat energy, mines and petroleum resources critic John Horgan apppointing now former secretariat head Graham Whitmarsh as the finance ministry's top bureaucrats shows "the premier has lost interest in his latest shiny bauble which was climate change." But that apparent consensus - which Premier Campbell has denied - could be wrong. After all, Mr. Whitmarsh has spent more than a year working on the government's climate action policies, including it's controversial carbon tax. So the effect of his appointment to one of the Campbell administration's most senior bureaucratic posts might reinforce those policies.
January 20, 2009