Jack Layton, February 2009

We want to commend you for your Kyoto work in the House and raise with you some further concerns.

We support the proposed coalition and your work to promote it. But we urge that there be a strong environmental, indeed climate crisis component in it. Yes, we have an economic crisis, but the environmental is surely at least as great.

The three opposition parties all have a stronger position on climate action than the Conservatives do. If we count the Greens as well, we see that a good majority of Canadians voted for parties supporting strong action on climate change.

A working coalition could be the means of advancing key environmental and climate change goals. We urge you to continue to press for a coalition, but to make climate change a significant focus.