As the UN climate change conference opens in Durban South Africa, the Harper government hopes to close the door on Kyoto, once and for all.
"Kyoto is the past," environment Minister Peter Kent told Reuters Canada, describing the decision by Canada's previous Liberal government to sign up for the protocol as "one of the biggest blunders they made".
The Kyoto Protocol was conceived in 1997 as a first step in stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere by requiring about three dozen developed nations, including Canada, to lead the way by taking on targets through to 2013 and beyond.
Critics of the protocol, however, argue that it's ineffective, especially since it doesn't include major greenhouse gas emitters like China and the United States and emerging economies like Brazil and India.
Instead, Kent says, Canada wants a new deal.
"We believe that we're entering a transition period - post-Durban - where we will hopefully, at Durban, agree on a mandate to begin negotiating a newRead More »from Canada done with Kyoto, delaying future treaty