Climate Action Network Canada Statements: Prolongation of Bill C311, the Climate Change Accountability Act
(Ottawa) In a house vote today, Liberals supported a Conservative motion to delay passage of Bill C311, the Climate Change Accountability Act. This Bill is the only significant piece of climate change legislation currently making its way through the House of Commons. Canadian organizations have widely supported the Bill and are calling for a final vote in parliament before the United Nations Climate Change Summit in December in Copenhagen.
Climate Action Network Canada represents over 50 faith based, youth, environmental, development, labour and indigenous organizations. Various members have reacted to this delay as follows:
“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 in December.”