Apparently this is juicy news in some circles:
[Canadian] Prime Minister Stephen Harper once called the Kyoto accord a "socialist scheme" designed to suck money out of rich countries, according to a letter leaked Tuesday by the Liberals.And the reason that's controversial is...? It is merely descriptive in my view. But y'all already knew that. Those sympathetic to the leakers make the 'controversy' plain:
Liberal MP Mark Holland told the Canadian Press on Tuesday that the leaked letter shows that Harper isn't actually committed to climate change. "Now, suddenly, because he has seen the polls and realized the political opportunism of going green, the prime minister has launched a new campaign — that of trying to convince Canadians that he actually cares about the environment," Holland said. "But no one is buying it."Leaving aside the silly/bizarre idea of someone being "committed to climate change" (hunh?), the left's logic in this is clear from the article: Harper calls Kyoto socialist. Kyoto is apparently the only valid litmus test for being concerned about the environment these days. The liberals (capital 'L' in Canada) accuse Harper of being anti-environmental (broad, sweeping slur).
Now, net out the equation: What they're really accusing Harper of being is anti-socialist (description, not epithet). But if they said that, people might not vote for them. I said might.