A Statement from Canada’s Green Party Leader Elizabeth May
Posted October 3rd, 2016 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – This October 3rd, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tabled a plan to implement a carbon tax, and impose it, if necessary, on provinces that won’t take action on their own) as a way to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.
Predictably, members of the federal Conservative Party who were schooled for years by former leader and prime minister Stephen Harper on what not to do about climate change, are already screaming that Trudeau’s plan goes to far and will damage the economy.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, on the other hand, has been openly and actively supportive of the new Trudeau government’s pledge to address climate change, but is saying that the plan tabled this October 3rd falls pathetically short of what Canada needs to do to address what is, in the view of scientists around the world, the most serious environmental threat facing life on this planet in this century.
Here is a brief statement May and her party’s deputy leader Daniel Green released this October 3rd on the plan Trudeau tabled.)
Ottawa, Ontario – The Green Party of Canada released the following statement in response to a national carbon pricing plan:
“I commend the Trudeau administration for being first to implement a national carbon pricing plan, but $10/tonne is too low to be taken seriously. I remain perplexed as to why this administration refuses to update our climate targets to meet our Paris Agreement commitments,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands).
“If we persist with Harper-era greenhouse gas (GHG) targets that are among the weakest in the industrialized world, we will fail to ensure Canada does its part in holding the global average temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is not a theory – it’s basic math,” Ms. May said.
Daniel Green, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada, said: “At only $10/tonne, we are doomed on climate change. Canada must adopt a much more consequential price on carbon pollution to ensure a faster transition to a clean energy economy. This is not a political preference – it’s a moral imperative. Our future is at stake.”
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