Conservatives' latest emissions target 'delusional': Liberal environment critic McKay

May-15-15

OTTAWA - Liberal environment critic John McKay, MP for Scarborough-Guildwood, is taking the Harper government to task for its latest greenhouse gas emissions target.

The Harper government is pledging to cut Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, but Environment Canada has confirmed that nationwide GHGs have increased in each of the last four years on record. Since 2009, nationwide emissions have increased by 4 percent.

"Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced this on a Friday before the May long weekend and a break week because she doesn't want to face Parliament with this empty promise. These targets are delusional," said Mr. McKay.

"It's a target that the Conservatives have no interest in meeting, and when they can't meet the target they'll turn around and blame the provinces. Thanks to the Harper government this is another day of shame and embarrassment for Canada on the international stage."

Environment Canada’s own data shows that emissions were only 3 percent below 2005 levels in 2013. If Canada is to meet this latest “target” it will need to cut emissions by 27 percent over the next 15 years.

“The Harper government has been in denial about climate change for the last nine years. As a result, Canada is a climate change laggard,” said Mr. McKay.

The Harper government’s emissions targets are among the weakest in the G7, and today’s announcement contained no funding to support the provinces, territories or municipalities in reducing emissions. Nor did the government commit Canada to new assistance for developing countries to help them address climate change.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has committed to attend UN climate negotiations in Paris at the end of this year and would meet with the provinces and territories within 90 days of the next election to implement a pan-Canadian framework to reduce carbon emissions across Canada.

Click here for more information on the Liberal Party of Canada's climate change plan. 

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Contact:
Office of the Hon. John McKay, MP, PC
Scarborough-Guildwood

Phone: (613) 863-1685
Email: john.mckay@parl.gc.ca