Thursday, April 8, 2010

April 14th Vote Must Save Canada’s Climate Change Bill

The Green Party of Canada is urging all Canadians to contact their Member of Parliament and ask them to vote in favour of Bill C-311 on April 14th. This crucial vote will determine whether the bill goes to third reading; if the vote fails, this important piece of legislation will be dead.

Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, sets out science-based reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions and a plan for regular assessments of how the government is progressing toward those targets. An identical version of the bill was passed by the House of Commons last year but died with the election call. Once the bill passes third reading, it will pass to the Senate for approval.

“Bill C-311 has been well-studied in committee and indeed already passed once,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May. “There is no reason for MPs to vote against the bill – and many reasons to vote yes. It will be up to the Liberal Party if C-311 lives or dies. They must do the right thing.”

Bill C-311 will commit the government to take action on climate change - with greenhouse gas reduction targets of 25% below 1990 levels by the year 2020, and 80% by 2050.

“Passing this legislation is essential to mitigate the impacts of climate change,” said May. “We must listen to what our scientists are telling us. April 14th will be a history-making day in the House of Commons.”

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