But the damage on the Liberals' environmental left could be long-lasting. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May called McKenna's backtracking 'nothing short of a disaster for the climate.'
To some extent, what's happened is, simply, that Catherine McKenna, the rookie environment minister, has been slow to learn the cost of promising a little extra. When she got her job last autumn, she was eager to proclaim that the carbon-reduction targets set by the Conservatives were a minimum. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright