Wildrose Leader Smith again under fire for hedging on reality of climate change

Associated Press

EDMONTON - Alberta Opposition Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith is coming under fire for refusing to say whether she believes climate change exists.

NDP Leader Brian Mason says Smith is being quote "weasely" by refusing to say if she believes in the science of greenhouse gas emissions but at the same time promising action to combat it.

Smith told reporters this week that her party is looking to pass resolutions at its weekend convention to fight climate change, but declined to say what her personal opinion is on the matter.

Smith said she is quote -- "not a scientist" -- but said clearly the international community expects the province to take action to fight climate change.

Climate change is considered one of the key issues that torpedoed the Wildrose party's hope of winning government in the 2012 election.

After Smith was roundly booed at a late-campaign forum for saying the science of climate change is not settled, Premier Alison Redford wooed voters by reminding them that a leader who doesn't acknowledge climate change would be an international laughingstock.

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