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The NDP gets a rough ride over its environmental position. Unfairly too, I think.

Policy wise, its ties or exceeds the Greens, Libs, and Bloc.

Perhaps we can win some street cred by re-writing the Clean Air Bill so that it actually improves Canada's poor environmental record. Which was caused by you know who...


hate it or love it, the underdogs on top
and im gon' shine homie until my the innovation wont stop
go head envy my environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic prosperity, im the earths mvp
and i aint goin nowhere so you can get to know me.

50 cent on stephane dion, bitches.

Kyoto - a bad treaty that needs to die

please own this issue . . its a political killer . . .

Speaking Notes for an Address by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment of Canada

May 11, 2006

The Honorable Rona Ambrose
Speech delivered by the
Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P., Minister of the Environment

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I’m proud to rise in the house today to speak on such an important issue as the Canadian environment. I am proud to be a member of a Government that is facing our challenges on the environment head on and finding solutions that deliver tangible results and put Canadians first.

Earlier today, the Government of Canada submitted two sets of documents to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

* The first set is Canada’s 2004 Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
* The second set includes two submissions that are part of Canada’s new input into the global dialogue on future international cooperation on climate change.

What does our 2004 GHG inventory say? According to the 2004 inventory, Canadian emissions were almost 35% above the Kyoto target negotiated by the Liberals.

The numbers say it: we have inherited a situation that makes the Kyoto target unachievable. Why is it unachievable? Let me spell it out.

In 2004, our emissions were 195 Mt above our Kyoto target. How much is 195 Mt? It’s the equivalent of more than all our transportation emissions – i.e., all the emissions from every car, truck, plane and train in Canada. We would have to pull every truck and car off the street, shut down every train and ground every plane to reach the Kyoto target negotiated by the Liberals.

Or we could shut all the lights off in Canada tomorrow – but that still wouldn’t be enough – to reach our Kyoto target we’d have to shut off all the lights AND shut down the entire agriculture industry.

Or instead we could shut down every individual Canadian household, not once, not twice, not three times, but FOUR times over to meet the Kyoto target the Liberals negotiated for Canada.

Or, we could do what the Liberals thought was the answer faced with the realization that the target they negotiated meant shutting down Canada’s economy – spend the money overseas buying international credits – the Liberals had set aside up to $600 dollars per Canadian household to be sent overseas in order to help reach the Kyoto target they negotiated for Canada.

Let’s be clear – many Canadians predicted at the time that the targets the Liberals negotiated were unrealistic and voiced concerns that a proper implementation plan needed to come first. But politics got ahead of good policy and the Liberals negotiated a target without a plan to get there first.

So we cannot meet the Kyoto target negotiated by the Liberals. But that does not mean we give up the fight – we are committed to real progress on cleaning up Canada’s environment and on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions - to face the challenge before us in an open and transparent way and develop realistic and reachable goals to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases.

We are turning a new leaf on the environment – with a commitment to Canadians that all money for the environment will be spent on the Canadian environment. We will not send Canadian taxpayers’ dollars overseas to buy credits. These are billions of dollars that can be invested in Canada to help reduce pollution and greenhouse gases. To build greener infrastructure, develop new technologies and make Canada more efficient and economically competitive.

In our initiatives, Canadians always come first.

To that effect, our government is focused on “Made-in-Canada” solutions that are inclusive and results-oriented. We will respect the particular needs and circumstances of each of our country’s provinces and territories – but always insist that our initiatives have direct benefits to Canadians and the Canadian environment. We want to see tangible benefits where it matters most – in Canadian communities.

Our first focus is on domestic action to ensure that Canadians can enjoy clean air, clean water, clean land, clean and secure energy, and healthy communities.

We have already begun with an investment in “Made-in-Canada” solutions that deliver real environmental and health benefits to Canadians by investing in new, greener, cleaner transportation and incentives to get Canadians out of their cars and into public transit – this is important because transportation is one of the highest contributors to pollution and greenhouse gases – in Quebec, transportation is the highest cause of greenhouse gases.

Very shortly, we will be sitting down for the first time ever in this country’s history with the provinces to launch our way forward to a national renewable fuels strategy – which will see real, tangible benefits to the environment and economic benefits to the agriculture sector. We are launching a long-overdue review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Canada’s most important piece of environmental policy to find ways to strengthen it. The Liberals put off the review, we committed in our Speech to the Throne that it receive the comprehensive review it deserves for the sake of the Canadian environment. We have begun the review of the Canada-US Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which hasn’t had a serious review since 1987.

Soon, the Health Minister and I will lay out a vision and direction on the important need to deal with transboundary air pollution and work with the health authorities across Canada and the provinces to develop the Canadian Clean Air Act. Today, Canada falls behind the USA in every industry sector on pollution control. And we don’t just want to catch up, we want to compete – we want to lead.

The health impacts of pollution are deadly and the cost to the healthcare system is in the billions. Last year, Ontario had 53 smog advisory days and Quebec had 34 – and for the first time in Canadian history, we had 10 winter smog advisory days in Canada. On those days, young children with asthma and elderly people with respiratory diseases cannot leave their homes – this is unacceptable to our Government – and the answer is not to blame the US and other countries for the pollution that crosses our borders – we have to clean up our own backyard also.

We are beginning discussions with the provinces on a National Water Strategy – to share information about water quantity and quality. To ensure Canadians have access to safe and clean drinking water, and to identify the quantity and resource related issues that are emerging throughout Canada.

We will be working towards a system for large emitters to deal with greenhouse gases and ensure that we take the right steps to facilitate Canada’s ability to contribute in our strongest capacity to this international challenge – through the development and deployment of clean technology.

These are just a few of the things we are working on – all of them are “Made-in-Canada” solutions – real benefits, tangible results for Canadians and the Canadian environment.

We will ensure that our domestic policy aligns with our international policy. It will also ensure that Canada will continue to exercise a leadership role within international consultation and cooperation by advancing realistic and inclusive international options within the United Nations, and we will explore other mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that accurately reflect Canada’s national circumstances and effectively protect our country’s interests.

We want to see a more inclusive international approach which sees large emitters like China and India take on commitments to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases within the Kyoto Protocol. To reach a global solution, we need everyone to be part of the equation.

This government is committed to turning a new leaf and showing results on the environment.

This is what our new “Made-in-Canada” approach is all about. Domestic action to achieve tangible environmental results, right down to our local communities.


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