Have you ever noticed that coming in first place is not always a good thing?

In the case of Canada, the Conservative government does not seem to agree.  Thus far it has distinguished itself with a series of firsts which would have, under more rational circumstances, elicited embarrassment and concern not only among the people in government but also the citizens they claim to govern.

In addition to the list which includes our elimination from the U.N. Security Council and the finding of contempt of Parliament, we now have the honor of being the first country to declare our official intent to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol.

While the government claims to take its responsibilities of mitigating the threats of climate change seriously, sincere intentions are revealing themselves as scarce as the arctic ice itself.