Marchers gather for the Climate Strike in Toronto, Ont., on Friday, September 27, 2019. Candice Batista/ The Eco Hub
Conservatives Brush Off Two Surveys On Climate Change Policy and Environmental groups are wondering why when all other main parties provided detailed, lengthy answers.
“I would prefer to see full answers from all the parties to these questions,” said Tim Gray of Environmental Defence, part of a 14-strong coalition of Canada’s largest environmental groups that sponsored the survey.
“It’s important all the parties take them seriously.”
The first survey was led by Canada’s leading environmental organizations released the answers to a Federal Party Survey on Environmental Platforms that address the climate change, biodiversity, toxics and waste crises harming our country. The survey was distributed to the six main political parties in July 2019 and responses were received from five of them: the Bloc Quebecois, Conservative Party of Canada, Green Party of Canada, Liberal Party of Canada and New Democratic Party. The People’s Party of Canada did not respond.
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The other was the Climate Action Network, which represents 110 environmental and First Nations groups. In both surveys, the Conservative party declined to answer questions and instead provided a brief blanket statement summarizing its climate plan.
Both surveys asked specific, direct questions such as whether a party would introduce a plan to meet Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, how it would reduce emissions and how it would protect vulnerable parts of the economy and workforce. The coalition survey also asked about conservation and reducing pollution.
Here’s part of the survey released by Environmental Defence.
- Bloc, Green, Liberal and NDP parties said that they would legislate a climate plan to reduce Canada’s emissions in line with keeping warming below 1.5°C; Conservatives did not.
- Bloc, Green, Liberal and NDP parties said that their climate plan would describe programs to reduce emissions from transportation, buildings and the oil and gas sector; Conservatives did not
- Green, Liberal and NDP parties answered that they will ensure workers and their families thrive during the transition to a low-carbon economy, by extending the Task Force on Just Transition to include all fossil fuel industries; Bloc’s response was partial; Conservatives did not
- Bloc, Green and NDP parties said they would ensure fossil fuel projects will not be approved unless they are consistent with limiting emissions in Canada to keep warming below the 1.5°C threshold; Liberals’ response was partial; Conservatives did not