Climate Change and the Party Leaders Debate!

Who won Thursday’s debate moderated by the Editor of the Globe and Mail: Harper, Mulcair or Trudeau?  That seems to be the only important conclusion to be drawn from the spectacle of these Leaders trading jibes and insults. All three knew what they wanted to say and somehow managed to say it, whether their remarks … Read more

Stealing an election!

Saturday’s Globe and Mail editorial confirms what we know: the Conservative’s election strategy is to avoid any commitment to putting a price on carbon. Stephen Harper attacks the other parties for what he claims is their support of a carbon tax.  To quote his comments in the last leaders’ debate: “A carbon tax is not … Read more

Tough Answers to Tough Questions

When asked recently what was the single most important and meaningful action governments could take to get more serious on climate, former US Vice President Gore responded:  “Put a price on carbon in markets, and a price on denial in politics.” 

Our Questions: 

(a) Is your party prepared to accept as a basis for action in Ontario that climate change is a clear and present danger so that government policy must be a key driver in structuring everything we do as a society, starting immediately post-election and continuing for several decades?

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Question: Ontario’s Emission Targets

Ontario has a provincial Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction target that reflects scientific opinion as to what is needed to reduce emissions and avoid run-away climate change.  These targets are: 6% below 1990 levels by 2014 (which Ontario will meet), 15% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Question: Would your party, if elected, move a Legislative Resolution by which the Provincial Legislature re-affirms Ontario’s commitment to those targets?

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