WHAT JOE BIDEN SAID
The other guy gets the attention, but I think this guy ain't so bad either. He was in Ottawa a few days ago to drop in on a first ministers’ meeting that was going on anyway: the provincial premiers, Prime Minister Trudeau and indigenous leaders.
- •Here is what he told them: "I understand that many of you are concerned about what the new administration will do..."Yes, we are.
- •About climate change:"Whatever uncertainty exists around the near-term policy choices of the next president, I am absolutely confident the United States will continue making progress in its path to a low-carbon future and that’s because many of the trends ... have taken hold and are no longer dependent on government initiatives.” (He never referred to this "next president " by name.)
- •So economics, rather than government policy, is now driving what companies are doing to combat climate change:"Regardless of whether the next administration is as aggressive as we have been, there is no way to turn back – and I’m not suggesting they intend to – but there is no way to turn back this tide that has begun to roll.”
- •The state of world leadership: "There are periods [in history] where the number of genuine leaders ... is in short supply and where they are in heavy supply...."Gee, I wonder which period we are in now?
- •Who has to step up:"The world is going to spend a lot of time looking to you Mr. Prime Minister as we see more and more challenges to the liberal international order than any time since the end of World War Two. You and Angela Merkel."
- •As the sage Hillel said, "In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man."I think Mr. Biden is telling the leaders up here that we are in such a place. C'mon, Justin, time to step up.