The Bloc Quebecois introduced a motion to Parliament, supported by the NDP and Liberals, that stated
That, in the opinion of the House, Canada should commit to propose at the Copenhagen conference on climate change:
1. reducing, through absolute reduction targets, greenhouse gas emissions in industrialized countries to 25% lower than 1990 levels, by 2020;
2. the necessity of limiting the rise in global temperatures to less than 2 degrees C higher than in the preindustrial era; and
3. supporting the developing countries in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change.
The Conservatives voted against the motion.This week's motion contains many of the proposals from Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act that is still moving through the legislative process; however, unlike C-311, the motion is not legally binding.
The public gesture of supporting the motion is a welcome one, but real action would have been to pass Bill C-311 when it was before the House five weeks ago.
Canada can do more and must do more to address the global crisis of climate change.