Canadians deserve a place in the new energy economy – and the jobs that go with it: Turmel  

OTTAWA – As Conservative inaction continues to push Canada from leader to loser on climate change, New Democrats responded in the House of Commons today by using their Opposition Day motion to call on the government to take urgent action on the environment and to secure Canadian jobs in the new energy sector. 

“The rest of the world is moving forward with clean energy solutions because they know the old practices are unsustainable,” said New Democrat Leader Nycole Turmel. 

“But while our major trading partners move forward, the Conservatives want to keep Canada in the dark ages. It’s terrible for the environment, and it’s bad news for Canadian families who are getting shut out of new energy jobs.” 

Both the European Union and the United States have recently closed the door on business opportunities with Canada due to Conservative inaction on climate change. And at last week’s UN conference on climate change, the Conservative government was lambasted by other delegates for being the country to have done the most to block progress on climate change. 

“Conservative inaction on climate change is embarrassing Canada on a global scale – and sending a clear message to countries that are moving forward with clean energy economies: don’t invest here,” said Turmel. 

“The Conservatives have no plan for climate change and no plan for Canadian jobs in the new energy economy. New Democrats do, and that’s why we’re putting forward a practical motion that will secure new energy jobs and make Canada a leader rather than a laggard on climate change.” 

The New Democrat motion is pushing the government to: play a leadership role in tackling global climate change and ensuring Canadian jobs aren’t lost as the rest of the world moves towards a new sustainable energy economy; work towards a binding climate change treaty that limits average global temperature increases to 2°C; respect its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol and the Copenhagen Accord; and lower net carbon emissions in Canada while increasing trade with our major partners in a new sustainable energy economy. 

“While the rest of the world is moving forward on climate change, the Conservatives have let Canada fall behind. But it’s not too late. Our New Democrat motion gives this government a chance to show leadership, and to make sure Canadians aren’t left out the lucrative new energy economy. This is their chance to act,” said Turmel. 



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Karl Bélanger, senior press secretary, 613-720-6463 or Karl.Belanger@parl.gc.ca