Letters

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.

Liberal MPs, June, 2009 (re Liberal Policy on the Tar Sands)

JustEarth is distressed by Canada’s failure to take the necessary tough measures to do our part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We are appalled by the Opposition leader’s enthusiastic endorsement of the tar sands, in the name of national unity no less.

Where is unity with First Nations’ peoples? With future Albertans ( who apparently have no rights)? Why is his vision so limited? (The cynic might note that the Chretien Liberals tried the same tactic to win support in Alberta by subsidizing the tar sands.)

Michael Ignatieff, June 2009 (re Liberal Policy on the Tar Sands)

Many of us in JustEarth were turned off by the Conservatives’ attack ads on you. Our group includes members of several parties, and of course members of none. We would prefer issues to be central to political choices.

We found it ironic that the Conservatives would attack your Harvard connection, when we have so much reason to wish to see more of the public intellectual.

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.

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