Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA] (February 27, 2018) – In response Canada’s 2018 Budget, Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat (CAN-Rac) Canada issued the following statements from its Executive Director, Catherine Abreu, and from CAN-Rac members:
“CAN-Rac applauds Budget 2018’s historic investment in conserving nature in Canada and protecting species at risk. Protected areas and biodiversity are critical to our work mitigating and adapting to climate change. Beyond conserving species and ecosystems, protected areas provide services – such as clean water, carbon storage, genetic reservoirs, disaster mitigation, and soil stabilisation – that are essential to a stable climate.
We are particularly encouraged by the budget’s support for Indigenous conservation efforts, and expect this support to grow in the coming years. Indigenous communities in Canada are leading the way on climate action and protecting natural spaces.
On a sour note, CAN-Rac is perplexed and disappointed by the exclusion of our staff from this year’s budget lock-up. As Canada’s largest network of environmental and other civil society organizations, it is unacceptable that the Minister of Finance failed to provide an opportunity for one of our staff to access the lockup and provide timely information and reflection to our membership of 107 organizations across the country.
It is also unfortunate that this budget does not take action on the continued subsidization of fossil fuels in Canada. Fossil fuel subsidies cost Canadians an estimated $3.3 billion every year, and Canada has made commitments in the G7, which we are hosting this year, as well as in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth (PCF) to eliminate these subsidies.
Finally, it is promising that the budget does make investments to implement pan-Canadian carbon pricing and evaluate the progress of Canada’s climate framework. We look forward to a better understanding of how government plans to oversee the successful implementation of the PCF, which will necessitate accountability mechanisms that measure progress toward and increase the ambition of our climate goals over time. Meeting our goals will require carbon prices to continue to rise past 2022.”
Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada
« Le Canada tarde toujours à publier la liste des subventions existantes à la production des énergies fossiles et la feuille de route pour les éliminer d’ici 2025. Le manque de transparence et de reddition de comptes sur l’appui financier du gouvernement aux énergies fossiles mine la confiance des Canadiennes et des Canadiens envers le plan climat. Une cohérence fiscale s’impose, qui plus est avec l’introduction par le gouvernement du Canada du système de tarification du carbone cette année. »
Annie Bérubé, directrice des relations gouvernementales d’Équiterre à Ottawa
“The window to address the climate crisis is rapidly closing. The 2017 Budget pointed Canada in the right direction but the 2018 Budget is timid and does little to bend Canada’s emissions curve. Extending the rising carbon fee to 2030, eliminating fossil fuel subsidies and imposing border carbon adjustments will help ensure a strong, diverse and competitive economy inspiring other countries to take Canada’s lead.”
Cathy Orlando, National Director Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada
“It’s worrisome that the government is not proposing new significant measures to break our fossil fuel addiction and speed the transition to green jobs and a renewable energy economy. Lack of action on climate change is particularly concerning knowing the government’s own data shows the gap between the governments Paris climate commitments and our greenhouse gas emissions continue to widen.”
Mike Hudema, Climate & Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Canada
«Il est inquiétant que le gouvernement ne propose pas de nouvelles mesures importantes pour briser notre dépendance aux combustibles fossiles et accélérer la transition vers des emplois verts et une économie basée sur les énergies renouvelables. Le manque d’action dans la lutte contre les changements climatiques est particulièrement préoccupant sachant que les données du gouvernement montrent qu’il y a un écart grandissant entre les efforts du Canada pour réduire ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre et les efforts requis pour respecter ses engagements dans le cadre de l’Accord Paris.»
Patrick Bonin, responsable de la campagne Climat-Énergie, Greenpeace Canada
“CPJ members – people of faith across the country – believe that social and environmental priorities must inform the ways in which we achieve our economic goals. While we applaud efforts to address the particular vulnerabilities of Indigenous peoples, and the significant investments in forest and water conservation, we are concerned about Budget 2018’s continued subsidization to the fossil fuel sector. The global climate crisis requires immediate, far reaching action. Until we see progress on actual greenhouse gas emissions reductions, how can we hope to conserve anything?”
Karri Munn-Venn, Senior Policy Analyst, Citizens for Public Justice
CONTACT: Catherine Abreu, Executive Director, CAN-Rac Canada | +1 902 412 8953 firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada’s primary network of organizations working on climate change and energy issues, CAN-Rac is a coalition of more than 100 organizations operating from coast to coast to coast. Our membership brings environmental groups together with trade unions, First Nations, social justice, development, health and youth organizations, faith groups and local, grassroots initiatives.