Mr. Ignatieff is a deeply complex and interesting human being. He seems to want to say the right thing in supporting the principle of water as a human right. However, he couches his support in such perhaps reasonable conditions so as to leave himself "wiggle" room should he fail to keep his commitments.
- Is water part of the Free Trade Agreement or not? If we do not know, how do we find out?
- Why can Canada not "officially declare water a human right" while assisting others in their water management practices? Would the official declaration not enhance our credibility and authenticity in our initiative to find collaborators to join the effort to make water a "human right"?
- Why is it necessary to safeguard our water reserves "before" we endorse water officially as a human right? Are they not complementary and mutually both congruent and necessary? Why create an unnecessary diversion of both your and our attention from the core issue, declaring water a human right?
Please have your staff re-draft the letter after instructing them to remove all the intellectual codicils; this is not a will they are writing; or are you especially clairvoyant, knowing in advance the likely outcome of continuing along this path of circumlocution?