Climate Change: Where do our candidates stand on Issue #1

What would you and your party do to address the issue of climate change?

  • Aug. 10, 2015 6:00 a.m.

 

Issue Summary for Nanaimo-Ladysmith Candidates in the Oct. 19 federal election

Climate change – No longer a prediction, climate change is occurring right now. Hotter summers, greater extremes of weather, melting glaciers and polar ice caps, rising sea levels and temperatures, acidification of the world’s oceans. These effects have all been documented.

It’s projected that the world’s population will increase from 7.3 billion to 11.2 billion between now and 2100, much of that growth occurring in developing nations that want to attain a standard of living similar to that enjoyed by citizens of the developed world.

What would you and your party do to address the issue of climate change?

Tim TessierLiberal

With local experts I will establish regional targets to fight climate change and create clean jobs and investment in Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

As PM, Mr. Trudeau will invite all Premiers to join him at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference. Following, a First Ministers meeting will be held to establish national emissions-reduction targets that must recognize the economic cost and catastrophic impact that a greater-than two-degree increase in average global temperatures would have.

As part of the comprehensive emissions reduction agreement with provinces and territories, we will provide targeted federal funding to help them achieve these goals.

Our plan would also invest significantly in clean technologies, and provide direction and incentives for creating clean jobs and investment.

Our plan would establish the Canada Green Investment Bond to support renewable energy projects. The focus of investment will be reducing the costs for commercially viable projects and innovation.

We will ensure that the federal government increases its use of clean technologies in energy, buildings, and procurement, we will help create domestic demand for clean technology firms, support Canadian entrepreneurs, and lead by example.

We will improve energy efficiency standards for consumer and commercial products to ensure they reflect the most up-to-date technology. We will use financing instruments to stimulate retrofits and make improvements to the energy efficiency of Canada’s industrial, commercial, and residential buildings.

Finally, we will provide more support for our clean technology companies to successfully export their products by training trade officials and leading trade missions focused on clean technology.

Paul ManlyGreen

We are already experiencing the effects of climate change in our island communities. The Green party takes this issue very seriously and has a clear plan to protect the future of our children and grandchildren.

First, we will introduce a system of carbon pricing called “carbon fee and dividend”, that applies a fee to all fossil fuel producers. This will be redistributed as a dividend to every Canadian, cutting carbon emissions that lead to climate change, and putting money directly in your pocket while taking it away from the polluters.

Phasing out the use of coal is essential to stop runaway climate change, but B.C. is under pressure to increase the number of coal anchorages and terminals because American cities are refusing to export coal from their own ports.

Five such anchorages are now being proposed off the shores of Gabriola Island. As your Green MP I will fight against this expansion.

The Green Party is the only party opposed to any further development of pipelines for exporting raw bitumen from the Alberta tar sands, including the Energy East and Kinder Morgan projects.

We would remove the billions in subsidies to fossil fuel industries and use that money for moving our economy to one based on renewable energy, and the creation of clean, green, well-paid jobs here at home.

We have many strong, comprehensive and pragmatic policies on climate change. These are just some of the highlights. You can find out more at greenparty.ca/en/solving-climate-crisis.

Mark MacDonaldConservative

Under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Conservatives have reduced greenhouse gas emissions – and they’ve done so while protecting the Canadian economy and Canadian jobs. It’s a balanced approach that works.

Our Conservative government is proud of its record on the environment, and will continue to implement a responsible sector-by-sector regulatory approach that is aligned with our major economic competitors – like the United States – to ensure Canada’s economic competitiveness is protected.

Here are the facts:

• In 2013, Canada’s GHG emissions were 3.1% lower than 2005 levels, while the economy grew by 12.9% over the same time period.

• In 2012, Canada was the first major coal user to ban the construction of traditional coal-fired electricity generation. Coal is the largest source of GHG in the world.

• Canada represents less than 2% of global carbon emissions. By comparison, the U.S. coal sector produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all of Canada.

Prime Minister Harper is the only one who will guard us from a high tax, high debt, carbon-pricing agenda preferred by some that will threaten jobs and raise the cost of everything.

Canada is envied as one of the very best countries to live in throughout the world. That is in no small part due to this government’s ability to balance critical issues for the betterment of all, including leading-edge environmental standards and the Prime Minister’s economic policies, which allowed us to emerge relatively unscathed from the 2008 recession.

Sheila MalcolmsonNDP

Changing the government is the only effective way to tackle climate change. Liberal and Conservative governments have failed to lead. Tom Mulcair and the NDP have a concrete plan to fight climate change:

Climate change legislation to reduce greenhouse gases to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 – the NDP tabled it in Parliament three times. If we form government, we can finally implement climate change legislation and honour our international obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

• Eliminating subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry and investing in renewable energy.

• Strengthening Canada’s environmental assessment regime to ensure it is science-based and accounts for climate change.

Transitioning to a clean energy future, with sustainable jobs and investment in the local economy.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has the experience to get the job done. Quebec reduced its greenhouse emissions every year he was Environment Minister.

My experience includes:

• As an elected trustee, incorporating climate change mitigation and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and strategies into 19 Islands Trust Official Community Plans, and redesigning land use regulations to reduce emissions.

• ‘Beat the Peak’ load-shifting demo to protest a proposed gas-fired Duke Point power plant.  BC Hydro cancelled the gas plant six weeks later. Working with hundreds in our community for almost five years stopped the GSX natural gas pipeline through the Salish Sea, and the gas plant. We won!

Collaborating with industry, government, and environmental groups across Canada to design carbon tax models and greenhouse gas emissions trading.

Upcoming

The Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle has invited candidates from the four main parties running in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding in the Oct. 19 Federal Election to respond to issues of interest to voters

Upcoming are: The economy • Electoral and parliamentary reform • Health care • Poverty & homelessness • International aid • Protection of our coasts • A fair tax share for municipal and regional governments • Legalization of marijuana • Quality of life for Canada’s aging population.