Did I miss something? When did Canada achieve a 2.3% drop in GHGs?
I sent a note to the Leader of the Opposition regarding the COP15 Conference and received this note (below) in response claiming Canada was doing marvelously well under the Liberal tenure in reducing GHGs & that things have gotten so bad only because of those nasty Conservatives.
These are the same guys that bickered among themselves constantly for 13 years trying to figure out what they would do to make good on their Kyoto commitment. In the end they gave up and then claimed great financial stewardship when they put most of the $5 billion allocated for meeting Canada's Kyoto targets back in the government kitty. The only proven record they have is delay, deny, debate, ignore and then lie.
By the end of 2000, Canada’s emissions were 19% above 1990 levels. By 2005, however, Canada’s emissions had grown 25% above 1990 levels and by 2007 to 26%. Note that most of the increase was under the Liberals. The graph below is pure fiction.
Ignatieff's note underscores the tenuous grasp of reality present at the political level and the need to do things locally if one expects anything is going to be done at all.
Thank you for your email regarding Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act.
Climate change is a very serious issue that affects all Canadians. Unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives continue to compromise Canada’s record on climate change. Prime Minister Harper’s recent attack against Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff at the G8 summit in Italy demonstrates this government’s inability to offer credible, competent leadership at home and overseas. It is no wonder that with this approach, Mr. Harper has shown himself to be out of touch with his closest G8 partners, especially on climate change. Such an approach ultimately puts international negotiations, such as the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, at risk.
The Liberals, however, have a proven record on climate change. Under the Liberals, greenhouse gas emissions decreased. But an Environment Canada report released in April shows Canada's greenhouse gas emissions are back on a “significant” growth trajectory, despite bold promises to the contrary by the Harper Conservatives.
After a drop in emissions between 2004 and 2006 under the former Liberal government, Canada is now dead last among G-8 nations for reducing emissions, which now sit at 33.8 per cent above our Kyoto commitment, according to the report.
The Conservative government’s record on climate change is dismal and leaves Canada with an uphill battle in the fight against climate change.
The Liberal Party, on the other hand, takes climate change seriously. Canada needs a plan. We will continue to keep the current government on probation, maintaining our continued support for innovation on climate change, promoting renewable energy policies, and encouraging the creation of green jobs (www.onprobation.ca/?q=create
Our country also needs to play a role in ensuring that the next international climate change regime is equitable, effective, and efficient by taking a leadership role on the international stage. We remain committed to combating climate change and we intend to ensure that Canada acts as a leader at Copenhagen this December.
Thank you for taking the time to write to the Leader of the Opposition regarding this important issue.
The Office of Michael Ignatieff, M.P.
Leader of the Opposition