QP: Conservative's Climate Targets are "Deceptive & Delusional"

May-29-15

Hansard Record

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 29/05/2015 11:51:15
Context : Question Period

Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, after much umming and ahhing, we finally got the Minister of the Environment to commit to her new target of 524 megatonnes by 2030. Having done nothing for the last 10 years, we are now asked to believe that an addition 200 megatonnes will be achieved in 15 years without a plan.

What are her commitments from the provinces in writing? What are her commitments from the industrial sectors in writing? How will she offset the projected 180 megatonnes from the oil sands?

 This target looks more deceptive and delusional than fair and ambitious.

Hon. Leona Aglukkaq (Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, CPC): Mr. Speaker, our government has announced a fair and ambitious target for Canada that is in line with an international industrialized country. 

We plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 with the reduction of 225 megatonnes, and we will continue to take a responsible and balanced approach.

Building on this we will reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, regulate the production of chemical and nitrogen fertilizers and reduce emission from natural gas-fired electricity generation.

We will do this without forcing a job-killing carbon tax.