Letters

Federal MPs and Ontario MPPs, July 2010

We wish you a good, refreshing summer holiday.

We also hope that you will take time this summer to do some reading on the greatest challenge we have to face: the climate crisis.

Some of the world’s leading scientists have been stressing the short period of time we have to act. Note that these experts are yet hopeful that humankind can do the necessary and change our harmful lifestyles. But we have to recognize the urgency of the situation and take serious action.

Stephen Harper, January, 2010

In response to your request for advice from Canadians on the budget, we urge you to consider our country’s most critical priority, survival, which indeed is the great issue for all humankind, and most of the world’s species who cannot speak for themselves.

Economic stimulation measures should have a significant environmental component, and greenhouse gas emission reductions must be the highest priority.

Stephen Harper, January, 2010

Like other citizens concerned about the climate crisis, we are appalled at your decision to seek prorogation (the second time!), thus depriving opposition MPs who want to raise this crucial issue of the opportunity to do so. Especially with the failure of the Copenhagen Conference to reach a binding agreement, and your government’s failure to give positive leadership, MPs have plenty to say and ask.

All MPs, December, 2009

The Copenhagen meetings are going on right now, and the federal government’s position continues to disgrace us. Polls indicate that a good majority of Canadians want strong action on climate change, do not want to wait for the Americans, and do not believe that the economy should be an excuse for inaction.

We applaud the MPs who voted for the Bloc Québécois motion on support for the KYOTOplus numbers of 25-40% reductions by 2020. Obviously we want Bill C-311 to be adopted at the earliest possible opportunity.

Conservative MPs, December, 2009

We note that your government has abandoned the “controversial” intensity targets on greenhouse gas emissions.

Yet we continue to be appalled that the Canadian negotiating team is going to the Copenhagen meetings with the shamefully low target of 3% reductions (based on 1990 levels).

You should realize that you do not speak for Canadians when you fail to advocate a serious approach to dealing with the climate crisis.

Michael Ignatieff, November, 2009

We were very pleased to see Liberal support, and your own, for the Bloc motion on absolute reduction targets in greenhouse gas emissions of 25% by 2020, based on 1990 levels. This would appear to be a new commitment on your part, as you never signed the KYOTOplus pledge.

We would appreciate your confirming this commitment, especially since your recent speech at Laval University omitted mention of numerical targets.

Stephen Harper, November, 2009

We were naturally pleased that you have finally announced that you would attend at least part of the Copenhagen meetings on climate change in December. We remained concerned, however, with your failure so far to announce a commitment to absolute as opposed to intensity-based reductions. We urge you to make a firm commitment to 25% reductions at least in greenhouse gas emissions, based on 1990 levels.

Liberal MPs, November, 2009 (re lack of targets for reductions)

We are appalled by the remarks of the minister of the environment, Jim Prentice, excusing inaction by Canada on climate change for the next number of years. But we have seen nothing from the LPC to indicate that you would do any better.

You seem to be as unaware as the current minister of the urgency of swift action. Mounting scientific evidence indicates that polar ice is melting faster than predicted, and global warming proceeding faster. This is no time to relax.

Conservatives MPs, November, 2009 (re Copenhagen Conference)

As Canadians we are appalled at the position the Canadian government has taken on the climate crisis. We expect that Canada, with our privileged position, would be giving leadership. Instead it is undermining the efforts of other governments who are addressing conscientiously the greatest challenge we face as inhabitants of Planet Earth.

The Copenhagen Convention is coming up soon. Canadians are concerned. You are failing us.

Stephen Harper, November, 2009

We are appalled by the remarks of the minister of the environment, Jim Prentice, justifying Canada's inaction on climate change for the next number of years. He (and you) seem to be unaware of the urgency of swift action. Mounting scientific evidence indicates that polar ice is melting faster than predicted, and global warming proceeding faster. This is no time to relax.

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