There were hundreds of people in attendance at the Green Living Show today in Toronto. The two men just seemed to run into each other, with a huge crowd leering around Baird. The media had a lot of questions about the new Conservative environment plan.
Baird is the Tory Environment Minister and coyly defended his strategy with a crap-eating grin. A member of his staff accidentally faxed his plan Liberal opposition members earlier this week.
Suzuki is one of Canada's most famous ecological scientists and took it upon himself to tell Baird that his plan is little more than a "disappointment."
When I met with Minister Baird last week, he promised all kinds of great things and it's been a big disappointment to see what it is. It's all smoke and mirrors said Suzuki
Suzuki is accusing the current conservative government of ignoring Kyoto.
Suzuki's contends that there's still opportunity for further action and will hopefully take Baird's invitation to meet with the ministry and discuss things in a more controlled, formal environment.
The plan's environmental targets would be reached by 2025, 13 years too late according to Kyoto.
Baird argues that the plan meets needs of both industry and the environment. Such plans often face criticism because of the cost forced onto industry and consumers.
Suzuki isn't the only one opposing the plan. NDP Jack Layton doesn't think the plan will get the job done either.
It's going to have us playing catch up and we're never going to catch up with other countries at this rate.
among big names to present at Green Living Show