QP: John Questions Tories on Why PM Won't Attend the 2014 UN Climate Summit

September-23-14

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 22/09/2014 14:23:46
Context : Question Period

Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is the beginning of the UN climate summit.
Of all the world leaders invited, Vladimir Putin will not be attending, nor will Tony Abbott, the notorious climate change denier, nor will our own Prime Minister.

Perhaps he does not want to be reminded that he killed Kyoto, or that he is nowhere near meeting his Copenhagen targets. Instead, he sends his minister fully armed with rehashed Conservative talking points, to pick up our latest fossil of the year award.
Is photocopying American motor vehicle regulations now considered climate change leadership?

Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to contrast our approach to the Liberal approach.

I will talk about the Liberal approach first, because it is not going to take very long. What the Liberals did was they signed onto Kyoto without a plan to do anything. The only thing they were successful at is naming their former leader's dog Kyoto.

Our government record is clear. The economy is growing, and for the first time in Canadian history, greenhouse gas emissions are falling. Conservatives will continue to protect the environment while keeping our economy strong.

We are accomplishing this without a job-killing carbon tax which would raise the price of home heating oil.