John McKay to attend Climate Summit of Americas

July-07-15

Liberal environment critic John McKay, MP for Scarborough-Guildwood, will be attending the Climate Summit of the Americas tomorrow in Toronto.

Hundreds of leaders from government, business and NGOs are meeting during the Pan Am Games this week to discuss sub-national efforts to fight climate change across the Americas.

Mr. McKay said that it was fitting that this summit would be held in Ontario, noting the province’s efforts to phase out coal fired electricity and establish cap-and-trade carbon pricing.

“Premier Wynne, like provincial, territorial and municipal leaders across Canada, deserves credit for filling the climate leadership void that has been left by the Harper government over the last ten years,” he said. “The Conservatives have abdicated their responsibility to address climate change.”

Mr. McKay also noted Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s decision to skip an international climate summit being held in Canada’s largest city.

“The Minister’s absence is a great metaphor for the Conservatives’ missing-in-action climate policies. The Conservatives have obstructed international efforts to fight climate change and completely disengaged from the provinces on addressing this existential threat,” he said. “The Minister’s constituents are on the frontlines of climate change in Canada. She should have attended this summit for them.”

Last week, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau unveiled a comprehensive plan to protect the environment and grow Canada’s economy. Mr. Trudeau pledged to make major investments in renewable and clean technology, strengthen Canada’s environmental protections, and work with the provinces to price carbon and cut emissions. He also promised to attend crucial United Nations climate negotiations with provincial and territorial premiers in Paris at the end of this year.
 
“The Conservatives refuse to take climate change seriously. Their recently announced emissions reduction target for 2030 is delusional. They don’t have a plan, just numbers. They don’t talk to the provinces, and then blame them when Canada fails to meet its international climate targets. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau is leading the debate on climate change,” said Mr. McKay.
 
For more information on the Liberal Party of Canada’s plan for the environment and the economy, go to www.realchange.ca .

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

Phone: (613) 992-1447
Email: john.mckay@parl.gc.ca