Canadian spy agency, top security officials invited to 'secret' meeting on climate dangers in 2012 - 2013-06-24
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper's national security adviser Stephen Rigby turned down a request to join a secret meeting attended by other senior government officials invited last summer to plan for worst-case global warming scenarios.
The public service department that supports the prime minister's office – the Privy Council Office – said Monday that it didn't send anyone to the meeting, convened by the former deputy minister at Environment Canada, Paul Boothe, who also invited the heads of Canada's spy agency, the Department of National Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to attend. A spokeswoman for PCO wasn't immediately able to say whether it followed up on information shared during the session
The discussion, outlined in documents that were marked "secret" but declassified for release through access to information legislation, predicted that the world would likely reach a tipping point in global warming by 2050, missing an international target agreed to by Harper and other international leaders at 2009 negotiations in Copenhagen as part of a deal to avoid irreversible damage to the planet's ecosystems and its economy.