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.
A good majority of Canadians share our concerns and want action on climate change. The Bloc Quebecois motion that was recently adopted has broad support.
Intensity-based targets miss the point entirely. We need to reduce total emissions, not percentage per car or per power station. Growth in population or GDP is hardly an excuse; if we can’t make adequate reductions, we should not be growing in either.