Decision Maker Response

Elizabeth May’s response

Sep 29, 2015 — I strongly support Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s call to implement the G7 leaders’ original plan for a decarbonized economy by 2050. In our platform, the Green Party commits to moving toward the elimination of fossil fuel use in Canada by mid-century.

Canada’s recently announced target, a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, is the weakest in the G7. It is also nearly impossible to reach, thanks to the Harper Conservatives’ efforts to obstruct domestic and international emissions reductions.

We are falling behind in the emerging low-carbon economy. Stephen Harper wants us to believe that it is not possible to both reduce carbon emissions and create jobs. This is simply not true. Stephen Harper’s work to undermine the G7’s goal and delay action until 2100, so he can continue to commit Canada to a fossil fuel economy, is deplorable.

For the health of our planet, we must continue to push for a decarbonized economy by 2050. I hope that Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair will re-join the national televised leaders debates, to ensure a debate where Greens can raise these issues.