Yesterday, May 5th 2010, the House of Commons voted for the passage of the only federal climate change bill, C-311 (Climate Change Accountability Act), which was introduced in 2009 by MP Bruce Hyer from Thunder Bay – Superior North. The bill urges the government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 1990 levels, by 2050. A National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, which the bill mandates, shall be responsible for reviewing and reporting on the 5-year plans to be published by the Environment Minister to meet the 2050 target. "The Climate Change Accountability Act sets firm but achievable targets to reduce greenhouse gas pollution over the next 40 years" said Hyer.
This is a great victory for all Canadians who have been concerned about climate change and a great example of how opposition parties can come together to land on common ground. However, C-311 is yet to pass a Senate vote in order for it to become fully incorporated as a law in Canada and we are asking everyone to continue applying the pressure!
As National Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton puts it:
"It’s a great day for Canada as we finally have a blueprint for greening our future. But we wouldn’t have this victory today without the thousands of Canadians who called and wrote to their Members of Parliament, pushing them to finally adopt meaningful climate-change legislation."
Thank you all!