Peggy Nash Campaign
for the Leadership of the New Democratic Party
Fighter. Builder. Leader.peggynash.ca
Under the Harper Conservatives, Canada has retreated on the environment and becomean ally to interests working to actively sabotage global climate change agreements.Canada’s environmental laws are weak, their enorcement lax. Instead o investing inrenewable energy and innovative clean technology, the Harper Conservatives continue tosubsidize technologies that pollute, that contribute to climate change, and that threatenprecious ecosystems and watersheds.Each day the current government heads in the wrong direction on the environment – whether withdrawing rom the Kyoto accord, smearing environmental groups as radicals,or cancelling the popular ecoENERGY home retrot program – is another day ourenvironment and natural resources go unprotected.The role o government is to protect the public interest, to saeguard our natural heritage,and to ensure resource development meets environmental standards. And yet, leadershipon environmental assessments and species-at-risk legislation has been lacking.Canada is one o the world’s worst GHG (greenhouse gas) emitters, ranking 15th 17OECD countries on GHG emissions per capita.Not only can we do better, we must.To repair the damage to our environment and our international reputation while at thesame time strengthening our economy, we need strong leadership and innovative plans.We can build a low-carbon economy in Canada that will create well-paying long-termemployment and promote greater equality in our society. How? By providing appropriateincentives and investment, capping emissions, and improving relevant legislation.