For immediate release.
Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA], 17 February 2023:
In response to the Government of Canada’s release of its interim Sustainable Jobs Plan today, Caroline Brouillette, Interim Executive Director of Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada, issued the following statement:
“We welcome the Sustainable Jobs Plan’s recognition of the importance of social dialogue, decent work, and social protection – internationally agreed-upon guidelines for a just transition. Now, we’ll be looking to see whether the legislation promised in 2019 holds this government and future ones fully accountable for delivering on these principles, and enshrines them into ad hoc mechanisms like the Regional Energy and Resource Tables.
“Another key question to translate this plan into reality is whether Deputy Prime Minister Freeland’s upcoming budget reflects the level of ambition needed to support good, unionized jobs and vibrant communities across the country.
“For Canada’s transition to a zero emissions economy to be truly just, the federal government must look beyond sustainable jobs and ensure the full respect and protection of Indigenous rights and sovereignty.”
Canada’s farthest-reaching network of organizations working on climate and energy issues, Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat (CAN-Rac) Canada is a coalition of 150 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.
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