Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, whose recently-announced climate change plan has been criticized for falling short of what other provinces are doing, is leaving early.
Stelmach decided today to leave a meeting of Canada's premiers — called to discuss inter-provincial trade and consensus on climate change — and have Alberta represented by its environment minister instead..
"We're bringing our plan and putting it on the table," said Stelmach. "It's a real plan for a real problem and we share common objectives."
Stelmach said Alberta is taking a balanced approach to its climate change plan and has a responsibility to maintain its economy for its residents and for the rest of Canada.
The province announced last week that it plans reductions in carbon dioxide emissions of 14 per cent below 2005 levels by 2050. That target is well short of those of other provinces and even short of Ottawa's much-criticized targets.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said he was eager to talk to the Alberta premier about his plan but said leadership must be taken, especially at the federal level.