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Leslie (NDP) questions budget cuts to climate change funding

Posted In:  Budget,  Climate Change
April 22, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 198 (22 April 2015) at 12861.



  • Mr. Speaker, this budget puts a burden on future generations, and the Minister of Finance has admitted it.

    Today is Earth Day, but climate change, one of the biggest threats to future generations, is not in the budget, which is not surprising. Environment Canada’s main estimates cut climate change funding by 26% and the report on plans and priorities slashes climate change staff by 54% next year. Meanwhile, our emissions keep growing, no matter what the Minister of the Environment says.

    Why is the government making our children and our grandchildren pay for its inaction on climate change?

    Ms. Megan Leslie

    Halifax, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, no federal government has done more for the environment than this one. Budget 2015 is investing in the chemicals management plan, federal contaminated sites, species at risk, meteorological and navigational warning services in the Arctic for safe marine transportation in the Arctic.

    The NDP and the Liberals, however, want to hike taxes for all Canadians.

    Hon. Leona Aglukkaq

    Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, CPC

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