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Leader of the opposition Andrew Scheer announced the Conservative Party’s climate action plan on Wednesday afternoon titled “A Real Plan to Protect our Environment”.
“This plan is the most comprehensive environmental platform ever put forward by a political party in Canada – far surpassing anything Justin Trudeau put out before the 2015 election,” said Scheer about the plan.
“Climate change is real. And it represents a serious threat to not only to Canada, but to the entire planet.”
The plan, which seeks to incentivize the private sector to reinvest funds into green energy and research seeks to remove the need to pay environmental taxes to the government.
Under the Conservative plan it will not be free to pollute, said Scheer.
“Rather than simply funnelling money to the government as the Liberal plan dictates emitters who exceed our limits will be required to invest in technology that will lower emissions to fight climate change.”
Scheer also introduced a green home tax credit for those who choose to retrofit their home with environmentally friendly technology/upgrades as well as a credit for innovators who patent new green technology.
Three key principles are central to the Conservative policy on the environment:
- Green technology, not taxes: Investing in green tech is the best way to reduce emissions
- A greener environment: working with provinces, indigenous communities and farmers to better protect the ecosystem and wildlife
- Global approach to fighting climate: focusing on a global approach instead of self-imposed and localized targets
“The fact is Canada will not make a meaningful contribution to fighting climate change by focusing only in our own emissions. We have to look beyond our borders,” said Scheer.
Scheer hopes to cut the carbon tax, set emission standards and force private companies to invest funds into green technology. Investments could go towards pilot technology, colleges/universities, or “Canadian green bonds”.
“As an environmental policy, the carbon tax is by every possible measure and projection, a failure of epic proportions. It makes virtually no contribution to the global fight against climate change and it only makes life more expensive for Canadian families and small businesses,” said Scheer.
The Liberals have criticized the Conservatives for allegedly ignoring science and giving into oil lobbies and corporate interests.
“The Conservatives have become captive to oil lobbyists. Mr. Scheer and his campaign director met this spring with a handful of oil lobbyists in a luxury resort in the Alberta foothills, to plan the federal party’s campaign together,” said Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna.
The full Conservative climate plan can be read online here.