NEWS: Bill C-311 | LIBERALS JOIN CONSERVATIVES IN PREVENTING COMMITMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 6, 2009
LIBERALS JOIN CONSERVATIVES IN PREVENTING COMMITMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
OTTAWA – Today, Liberal and Conservative MPs defeated a motion by the New Democrats to get Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, back to the House for a vote prior to Copenhagen. The bill would have committed Canada to science- based greenhouse gas reduction targets and held the government publically accountable for concrete action.
In defeating the NDP motion, Conservatives and Liberals ignored pleas from thousands of Canadians to expedite review and passage of Bill C-311. A vote on the bill will now be pushed back as late as December 11th, too late to make a difference in Copenhagen.
“Despite their rhetoric, today’s vote confirms that the Liberals and Conservatives have joined forces to prevent a vote in Parliament on Canada’s commitment to serious action on climate change,” said the New Democrat environment critic Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), who sits on the Environment Committee.
Polls clearly show that Canadians want a federal commitment to science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets. Among developed nations, Canada will now stand alone in Copenhagen blocking global progress.
“We have had enough foot-dragging and posturing from successive Liberal and Conservative governments. We will not give up. New Democrats will continue to fight for action on climate change and to restore Canada’s place in the world.”
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