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Scarpaleggia (Lib.) questions Government actions to address climate change

Posted In:  Climate Change,  Industry,  Oil & Energy
June 11, 2015

House of Commons Debates, 41st Parl, 2nd Sess, No 229 (11 June 2015) at 14966.



  • Mr. Speaker, according to scientists, climate change is a huge threat to our planet and to the dignity of the people who often are already among the most disadvantaged and will suffer the worst consequences of this catastrophe.

    What excuse did the Prime Minister give to the Holy Father for his government’s failure to take action on the growing threat of climate change? Did he simply tell him that it is just crazy to bring in stricter regulations for the oil and gas sectors?

    Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia

    Lac-Saint-Louis, Lib.

  • Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to talk about our record. Canada has one of the world’s cleanest electricity supplies in the world, with nearly 80% emitting no greenhouse gases. We were the first major coal user to ban the construction of traditional coal-fired electricity generation, as coal is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the entire world.

    The fact is that emissions have gone down under our government, and per capita emissions remain at an historic low. We are doing this without the job-killing carbon tax.

    Mr. Colin Carrie

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, CPC

  • Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has completed his photo op tour with a visit to Pope Francis, who took his pontifical name from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the environment.

    In his latest photo op, Pope Francis did not look too impressed. Having met with the Prime Minister, who is the international laggard in chief on climate change, may explain the Pope’s disgruntled appearance.

    Could the minister tell us why Pope Francis looked so impressed, and did he call on the Prime Minister to be serious about climate change?

    Hon. John McKay

    Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.

  • Mr. Speaker, I find it rich coming from a Liberal member. When the Liberals were in government, they did absolutely nothing to address climate change.

    Our government has taken a sensible approach. We will continue to implement a responsible sector-by-sector regulatory approach that is aligned with our major economic competitors, like the United States, to ensure Canada’s economic competitiveness is protected.

    We have invested significantly to support initiatives that reduce emissions and improve air quality for Canadians, and we will be investing $1 billion into transit annually. We plan to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, regulate the production of chemicals and nitrogen fertilizers and regulate emissions from natural—

    Mr. Colin Carrie

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment, CPC

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