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Q&A - Question 3

3. Climate Change:
Climate Change is real and happening around us all the time now. According to the UN, we only have 12 years to act before positive feedback loops create ever increasing wild and unexpected weather and global warming. It has already impacted locals due to health and business loss last year during the fires.

CINDY DERKAZ

There is no issue more important to our future than climate change. There is a national climate emergency. I support the government’s Climate Action plan.

KYLE DELFING

Climate Change is indeed real. It has been real and ongoing for millions of years. However Climate Change caused by Carbon(C)(CO2) is based on flawed models that have consistently failed at correctly predicting disasters. None of the cataclysmic predictions since 1970 have come true and this current hysteria or the “12 year window” is also going to fail.

a) What are you doing now, and what will you do to mitigate this disaster to reduce suffering of locals and other Canadians?

CINDY DERKAZ

We need a robust plan, developed in consultation with other levels of government and Canadians, to address adaptation and mitigation together with a financial plan to deal with the inevitable consequences of climate change. It could start with opening air-conditioned public facilities to the public for respite from wildfire smoke.
This is a priority.

HARWINDER SANDHU

An NDP Government will:

  • Revise Canada’s 2030 GHG target to ensure emissions reductions are in line with stabilizing global temperatures at 1.5 degrees C and be accountable for meeting them through ambitious science-based greenhouse gas reductions targets. An NDP government will set interim emissions reduction targets leading up to 2030 and 2050. 
  • Create an independent Climate Accountability office to carry out regular audits of progress towards our climate goals.
  • Make all new buildings in Canada net zero ready by 2030 and complete energy efficiency retrofits on all existing housing stock in Canada by 2050.
  • Move towards free public transit and restore critical rural and northern transit routes.
  • Invest in high speed rail and ban single use plastics. 
  • Work with indigenous People as full and equal partners in the fight against climate change.

KYLE DELFING

There is no pending disaster in 12 years, however the PPC will continue to work to ensure that the Environment is protected. The PPC will prioritize implementing practical solutions to make Canada’s air, water, and soil cleaner.

MARC REINARZ

As candidate I lead by example.

As MP I will do all I can to have government meet the IPCC determination that, with monumental effort, we can hold to 1.5 degrees, IF WE START NOW! The plan to get there is as laid out in the Green Party platform. Nothing prevents humanity from achieving that goal – other than the lack of political will. 

Only the Green Party of Canada, supported by science, has for a long time called for the action required: reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) to 40% of 2005 figures (or 60% lower than 2005 measurements)

Government must run education programs to show Canadians that not acting now will cost exponentially more and will cost many lives, than mitigating urgently.

MEL ARNOLD

I am supporting the Conservative Party’s environmental plan that will conserve our environment for future generations, protect our children from the effects of climate change, and make a real impact on global emissions reduction.

b) What will you do to ensure that carbon polluters (of air, water, land) will pay? B.C. did better than the rest of the provinces despite introduction of a carbon tax. What are your thoughts?

CINDY DERKAZ

The Liberal government has implemented a nationwide price on pollution. As we have seen in British Columbia (BC) over the past decade, pricing pollution provides a powerful economic incentive for individuals, businesses and communities to invest in low carbon options – e.g. electric vehicles, solar power, retrofitting homes, more efficient equipment for industry, and rapid transit in urban centres. And despite the recent election of conservative provincial premiers (i.e. Ford, Kenney, Moe), the federal government has stayed the course. It is no longer free to pollute anywhere in Canada. Andrew Scheer has committed to “axing the tax” and taking us back more than 15 years in the fight for the environment.

HARWINDER SANDHU

A New Democrat government will maintain carbon pricing with household rebates, while making the system fairer and rolling back the breaks for big polluters. We will make the federal government a leader on energy efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy use.

KYLE DELFING

The PPC does not recognize that carbon is a pollutant and sees carbon as a key component in many chemical molecular building blocks including CO2. The PPC does not validate the current CO2 hysteria.

MARC REINARZ

It has been proven that carbon tax works in BC, and works in varying forms elsewhere. The tax must be applied gently to the low polluters (small vehicles) and large vehicles should be taxed heavily. We also need to discourage sales of vehicles with large displacement combustion engines and reward the ones that convert those vehicles to electric operation. Look at experience in jurisdictions acting ahead of us.

Carbon tax can be kept revenue neutral, but I will push for it to be implemented as subsidies in various clean energy initiatives.

MEL ARNOLD

As the carbon tax in British Columbia and Norway have demonstrated, carbon taxes do not reduce emissions; they add a monetary cost to emissions. Some may see this as an incentive for us to use less emission-causing commodities like heating fuels, but Canadians use heating fuels out of necessity. 

The Conservative environmental plan targets this factor of necessity by proposing a two-year Green Homes Tax Credit (GHTC) for homeowners to help pay for energy-saving renovations. The GHTC could be claimed form improvements including:

  • Installation of high-quality insulation;
  • Investments in high-efficiency furnaces;
  • Replacement of doors and windows with more efficient models;
  • Upgrading of ventilation, heating and cooling systems; and,
  • Installation of solar panels.

c) Many (companies/people) choose not to rethink, refuse, reduce or reuse because action will cost billions…but the cost of NOT dealing with climate change will cost trillions.  What will you do about it?

CINDY DERKAZ

Step up regulation and enforcement including tackling single use plastics. Provide economic incentives (eg. pricing pollution) to encourage more reuse, reduction, and rethinking.

HARWINDER SANDHU

New Democrats will also support investments in innovative community owned and operated clean energy projects. In the transportation sector, New Democrats will expand public transit options with a focus on scaling up low carbon transit projects like zero-emissions buses and electric trains. Our vision includes Canadian auto manufacturers producing more ZEVs in Canada. To make it easier for families to afford a ZEV right away a New Democrat government will provide a $5,000 Federal purchase incentive with an additional break waiving the federal sales tax for working families. Over the next few years these incentives will grow in value to $15,000 and be targeted to made in Canada vehicles. 
We will ban single use plastics. and hold companies responsible for the entire lifecycle of their plastics products and packaging. We’ll help municipalities improve their waste management and recycling programs and work towards a zero-waste future.

KYLE DELFING

The cost of the climate change myth has already cost the taxpayer over a Trillion dollars, for climate hysteria targets that never materialized. The PPC
• Will withdraw from the Paris Accord and will abandon unrealistic greenhouse gas emission targets.
• Stop sending billions of dollars to developing countries for reduction of their emissions.
• Abolish subsidies for green technology and let private players develop profitable and efficient alternatives.
• Invest in mitigation strategies if problems arise as a result of any natural climate change.

MARC REINARZ

This is an issue that goes deeper than often is recognized. The goal must be to eliminate single use and non-biodegradable plastics, allowing for a short but workable implementation period. We need to learn from jurisdictions that have started sooner than Canada has.

Where plastics are used in a controlled circuit, where reuse and recycle is possible we can apply the above.

I will ensure attention paid includes all the long-term use plastics in use as lawn furniture, decorations, plastic fabrics, plastic wrapping, etc that enter the environment with storms and floods.

MEL ARNOLD

I see a lot of rethinking happening across Canada and am glad the Conservative environmental plan contains the sort of innovative policy proposals that result from reassessment. I will continue to promote the Conservative environmental plan and its realistic proposal that will deliver real results in confronting climate change.

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