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For release: April 11, 2008

Environmental Groups Praise Manitoba’s Kyoto Commitment

Ottawa - The Climate Action Network Canada-Réseau action climat Canada today congratulated the Province of Manitoba for taking a leading role in the fight against climate change in Canada. The province has proposed new legislation that requires it to meet Canada’s Kyoto target for 2012 and set long-term goals for 2020 and 2025.

“Premier Doer’s government deserves to be recognized for taking this step in the absence of federal leadership on climate change,” said Graham Saul, Executive Director, Climate Action Network-Réseau action climat Canada. “By committing to short, medium and long-term targets in law, Manitoba is taking an important step forward towards a transparent and accountable approach to fighting global warming.”

"The Doer government's pledge today to legislate its Kyoto commitment is a positive step forward in the fight against climate change,” said Sean Petty, President of Sierra Club Canada’s Winnipeg Group. “We're particularly pleased to see that the government specifically mentions the funding of rapid transit as one of the actions it will take to meet its Kyoto targets."

Under the proposed legislation the province will, among other things, pay for 50% of rapid public transit, update building codes, ban the import of cars older than the 1995 model year, and allow zero emission vehicles onto the province’s roads. The government has committed $145 million over four years to implement the law.

“Today is an important day for Manitobans, and the climate,” said Gaile Whelan Enns, Director of Manitoba Wildlands. “Our government is acting on its commitments to reduce emissions inside Manitoba by meeting the Kyoto target. Cooperative work with large emitters, and collaboration with Manitoban communities and companies, will provide models for other provinces and states."

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