In Ottawa, climate change legislation delayed
Just arrived in Ottawa this evening in advance of this weekend's Powershift conference on Parliament Hill with news that Bill C311, the Climate Change Accountability Act was delayed in a house vote today with Liberals voting with the Conservatives to delay it.
Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, aka the "Copenhagen Bill", will give Canada achievable science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions that will make us climate leaders instead of climate deal breakers.
The bill had passed a second reading in parliament with combined support of the Liberals, NDP and Bloc where it was referred to the Environment Committee. Now with the Liberals have joined with the Conservatives in seeking to prolong the passing of such legislation that many deem critical in advance of the Copenhagen negotiations to create an international framework mitigating climate change.
Here are some voices circulating around major climate change organizations about the disappointment of delaying the bill ahead of the Copenhagen conference:
“Canada is playing the spoiler role at the UN climate negotiations
and this Bill would send a strong signal to the international
community that Canada is prepared to do its fair share. Canada is one
of the top ten global warming polluters in the world, and it is time
for action not unnecessary delays.”
- Graham Saul, Climate Action Network Canada
“We want our children and grandchildren to look back and be proud
that Canada seized the moment to solve problems and not make them
worse. Instead, we get more and more excuses and delay.”
-Greg Boyle, Sierra Youth Coalition
“Passing this Bill before Copenhagen in December is Parliament’s only
hope of proving that we are prepared to work seriously through the
United Nations to find a solution to global warming The Liberals
voting with the Conservatives may have made that impossible.”
- Dale Marshall, David Suzuki Foundation
"The Liberals have voted in favor of the Climate Change Accountability
Act three times previously - there's no reason for more delay. It is
time to take action, not play politics with the planet.”
-Dave Martin, Greenpeace Climate and energy coordinator
“This Bill has wide support from a broad spectrum of Canadians.
Politicians need to set aside their partisan differences and agree on
these science-based emissions reduction targets. Time is running out.”
- Mark Fried, policy coordinator, Oxfam Canada.
“Canada owes it to the world to take this problem seriously and work
towards a global solution. This needs to start domestically and the
Climate Change Accountability Act is a step in the right direction.
This delay can’t be allowed to stand in the way of getting this bill
approved by Parliament before the historic Copenhagen climate summit
-Joy Kennedy, The United Church of Canada