House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 198 (22 April 2015) at 12867.
Mr. Speaker, the majority of Albertans have called for action on climate change, yet the budget commits nothing. Instead, the government has clawed back spending on renewable energy and energy efficiency. It refuses, stubbornly, to impose greenhouse gas standards on oil and gas. It has ignored the calls by Albertans to diversify our economy away from reliance on oil revenue.
Why zero investment in this budget for a diversified, clean energy economy for Alberta and Canada?
Mr. Speaker, no federal budget has done more for the environment. Let me outline some of the initiatives in budget 2015.
The 2015 budget includes initiatives for a chemicals management plan, federal contaminated sites, species at risk, meteorological and navigational warning services in the Arctic, and safe marine transportation in the Arctic. The NDP, however, wants to hike taxes for Canadians.
Mr. Speaker, the day after the tabling of a budget that completely ignores the environment, Earth Day is all the more important.
Our quality of life and the environment are elements of wealth. Investing in the environment provides the best return on capital. The Minister of Finance is still basing his decisions on archaic measurements.
The World Bank recommends including natural capital in the calculation of GDP to make it a fair and responsible indicator, as we in Forces et démocratie will be proposing in a motion.
Will the government use modern calculations?
Mr. Speaker, as I mentioned previously, in yesterday’s balanced budget, our Conservative government announced a dedicated public transit fund, for the first time ever, moving forward $1 billion every year to support municipalities with their public transit needs. Like never before, this government is getting it done.