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Mulcair (NDP) demands a credible plan to fight climate change

Posted In:  Climate Change,  General
June 8, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 226 (8 June 2015) at 14693.



  • Mr. Speaker, climate change is another issue on which the Conservatives have repeatedly failed, from their unambitious national plan to their non-existent emissions caps and their withdrawal from the Kyoto protocol. Worse still, today we learned that Canada is responsible for watering down the G7 communiqué on climate change.

    Why is the Prime Minister determined to make Canada an international pariah when it comes to the fight against climate change?

    Mr. Thomas Mulcair

    Leader of the Opposition, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, the G7 released a strong, unanimous statement on climate change. Our budget announced the measures that we are taking to combat climate change and protect our environment. Our government has reduced emissions, lowered taxes for middle-class families and balanced the budget.

    What do the Liberals and New Democrats want to do? They want to increase taxes for middle-class families, put Canada back into the red and implement a job-killing carbon tax.

    Mr. Colin Carrie

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, CPC

  • Mr. Speaker, the G7 is calling for a complete phase-out of fossil fuels by the end of this century. So far the only thing that the Conservatives have been phasing out is environmental protection.

    Canada is the only country in the world to have withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol.

    When will the government deliver a real, credible plan to fight climate change instead of leaving Canada with an environmental black eye on the world stage?

    Mr. Thomas Mulcair

    Leader of the Opposition, NDP

  • Mr. Speaker, our government’s record is clear. We have reduced emissions while growing the economy and creating good, paying jobs.

    We will continue to take a responsible and balanced approach. Building on this, we will reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, regulate the production of chemicals and nitrogen fertilizers, and regulate emissions from natural gas-fired electricity generation.

    The Liberals and the NDP on the other hand want high taxes on middle-class families, high taxes on middle-class seniors and high taxes on middle-class consumers. We will not go there.

    [Translation]

    Mr. Colin Carrie

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, CPC

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