Letters

NDP MPs - Any concessions MUST include a commitment to reduce GHGs

With the commitment made by deputy leader Thomas Mulcair September 1, to go back to Parliament “to try to make it work,”  may we suggest that the most important issue our world has now to face is the climate crisis. Especially with the Copenhagen Convention taking place in December, timing is important.

Almost all of the NDP caucus have signed the KYOTOplus Pledge for Canadian Politicians. Therefore they have committed to a 25% reduction (from 1990 levels) in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and the formation of a credible plan to meet that target.

Liberal MPs about including climate change in any election platform

While we would welcome the defeat of the Harper government for its failure to deal adequately with climate change, you have given us no reason to believe that the Liberal government would be any more vigorous in addressing this our most urgent issue.

Michael Ignatieff’s enthusiastic support for the tar sands project means support for a major cause of Canada’s failure to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Statements form the recent caucus retreat on the need to defeat the government make no mention of this critical matter.

Thomas Mulcair, Deputy Leader NDP, September, 2009

With the commitment you made September 1, to go back to Parliament “to try to make it work,”  may we remind you that the most important issue our world now faces is the climate crisis. Especially with the Copenhagen Convention taking place in December, timing is important.

You, with almost all your caucus colleagues, signed the Kyotoplus Pledge for Canadian Politicians. The NDP has committed to the 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and the formation of a credible plan to meet that target.

Federal MPs and Hilary Clinton, July 2009

Canada Day is past and you are presumably in your riding, and we hope getting a good holiday at some point.

Nonetheless, the climate crisis remains our greatest challenge. Prairie drought and faster-than-expected polar ice melting make this obvious.

We remind you that Canada is the world’s greatest per-capita emitter of greenhouse gases, that the targets for reduction set by the current government are abysmally low, and in fact Canada is still increasing emissions, despite the commitment we made in the Kyoto Protocol.

Jack Layton, February 2009

We thank you for insisting on a strong economic stimulus plan in the current budget. Your efforts resulted in a much improved budget. But we regret that the opportunity was lost to use the stimulus package to promote green energy and conservation.

Canada does not have a comprehensive climate action strategy and we urge you to press for one. We are pleased that you have opposed tar sands expansion, and urge you to call for a removal of tar sands subsidies in future budgets.

Michael Ignatieff, February 2009

We see that you and your party supported the government's budget and we, too, support measures to stimulate the economy. However, we regret that you did not take the opportunity to insist on measures beneficial to the environment. The stimulus package should have included funding for green energy, public transportation, energy efficient buildings, and the like.

Stephen Harper, February 2009

While we support measures to stimulate the economy, we regret that the opportunity was not taken to promote green energy and energy conservation. The home renovation tax credits could have provided an opportunity to promote energy efficiency.

Jim Prentice, February 2009

Congratulations on your appointment as environment minister. This is a challenging role today when the impacts of global environmental degradation have profound effects on the economy and health. The mitigation of climate change will require massive changes to the way energy is delivered and will result in dramatic changes to the economy. The environment post is a crucial one.

Gilles Duceppe, February 2009

Le Québec figure au premier rang au pays en ce qui concerne l'action sur le climat.

Nous sommes très enthousiastes à l'idée d'une coalition et du support que vous lui avez apporté. Cependant, dans le cadre de la coalition, il sera primordial qu'on accorde la priorité aux questions environnementales, spécialement en ce qui concerne les changements climatiques. Bien sur que nous vivons une crise économique, mais la crise environnementale doit rester à l'avant-plan.

Michael Ignatieff, February 2009

We congratulate you on your election as interim leader of the Liberal Party. We were very pleased to see the plan for a coalition of the three non-Conservative parties in the House. We see this as an opportunity to press for effective action on the environment and especially climate change, and not only the economic crisis.

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