The Environmental Hansard is brought to you by the Ecojustice Clinic at the University of Ottawa. Find this resource useful? Click Here to Donate and support our work.

MPs debate Governments action to prevent greenhouse gas emissions

Posted In:  Budget,  Climate Change
April 23, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 199 (23 April 2015) at 12946.



  • Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of the Environment had the nerve to state, all evidence to the contrary, that her government has done more than any other to protect the environment. However, greenhouse gas emissions keep going up, and she does not have a plan.

    Is the minister really that out of touch with reality, or is she just toeing the Conservative line? Does she think we should make our grandchildren pay?

    Ms. Megan Leslie

    Halifax, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, our budget outlines the action we are taking to address climate change and protect our environment. We have invested significantly to support initiatives that reduce emissions and improve air quality for Canadians, and we will be investing $1 billion in transit annually.

    Our government has reduced emissions, lowered taxes for middle-class Canadians, and balanced the budget. What do the NDP and the Liberals want to do? They want to raise taxes for middle-class families, throw Canada back into a deficit, and pursue job-killing carbon taxes and pricing schemes. Their position is totally irresponsible.

    Mr. Colin Carrie

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, CPC

  • Mr. Speaker, if the minister really thinks that this is the most environmentally friendly budget ever, then she obviously has not read it.

    Let me help her out. There is no money for climate change and clean air. There is no money for energy efficiency. There is no money for renewables, and the money that is in there does not get rolled out until after the election.

    The environmental problems that Canada is facing are real, like climate change. Does the minister really think that the government’s environmental failure is a problem for our grandchildren to solve?

    Ms. Megan Leslie

    Halifax, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, our government’s record is clear, and we have a plan that is working. We have reduced emissions while growing the economy and creating well-paid jobs for Canadians. We will continue to implement a responsible sector-by-sector regulatory approach that is aligned with the U.S. to ensure that Canada’s economic competitiveness is protected.

    Our government is also the first one in Canadian history to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a net basis. Compare this to the NDP and the Liberals who, on the other hand, want higher taxes on middle-class families, higher taxes on middle-class seniors, and high taxes on middle-class consumers. That is irresponsible. We are not going there.

    Mr. Colin Carrie

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, CPC

Return to Debates Listing
Go to Categories Listing

About the Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic
at the University of Ottawa

The Ecojustice Environmental Clinic at the University of Ottawa is the world’s first interdisciplinary public interest environmental law clinic. A partnership between Ecojustice, Canada’s only national environmental law charity, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, the clinic provides an empowering learning environment where students earn course credits as they assist Ecojustice lawyers and scientists in providing strategic advice and pro bono legal counsel to groups across the country.

Learn more about Ecojustice by visiting ecojustice.ca

Video: Learn more about the
Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic

About the Environmental Hansard

Designed by the Ecojustice Environmental Clinic at the University of Ottawa, the Environmental Hansard is an easy-to-use collection of all House of Commons discussions and debates about Canada’s environment.

With entries searchable by date, Member of Parliament, topic or text content, the Environmental Hansard makes Parliamentary debate accessible and transparent to the Canadian public, researchers and environmental community. The website is non-partisan and a valuable tool for anyone interested in sustainability and the environment.

The Environmental Hansard is maintained by law students at the University of Ottawa and updated weekly.

Questions or comments about the Environmental Hansard?

If it relates to the content of the site, please email: cperret [at] ecojustice.ca
If you’re having a technical issue, please email: webmaster [at]  ecojustice.ca

About Ecojustice

With offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa, Ecojustice is building the case for a better earth.

Ecojustice lawyers and scientists provide legal services free-of-charge to citizens, communities and organizations on the frontlines of the environmental movement, helping ensure equitable access to environmental justice nationwide. Ecojustice’s work sets legal precedents and strengthens laws that protect people and the planet.

Learn more about Ecojustice and our current cases at www.ecojustice.ca

The Environmental Hansard is brought to you by the Ecojustice Clinic at the University of Ottawa. Find this resource useful? Click Here to Donate and support our work.