Greenhouse gas reductions: US regulates oil and gas sector (despite Prime Minister’s claims yesterday), but not Canada

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Prime Minister said that no other country is regulating oil and gas, but a briefing note from Environment Canada explains that, in fact, the United States is already regulating oil and gas. It said:

For oil and gas, recent air pollution regulations are expected to result in significant greenhouse gas reductions.

Did the Minister of the Environment ever read that briefing note?

Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, CPC): Mr. Speaker, when we talk about greenhouse gas emissions going down, it is our party, and the numbers speak for themselves. Between 2005 and 2012, greenhouse gases in Canada went down 5.1% while our economy grew 10.6%. This is a big difference between our party and the irresponsible policies of the NDP and the Liberals.

We want to work together and collaboratively with the United States to make sure that we have a sector-by-sector approach that works on a continental basis. We are going to do that without a job-killing carbon tax.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister thinks that there should be a continental-wide regulatory system for oil and gas. Given that he used that as an excuse for Conservative inaction, can the Minister of the Environment tell us about any proposals that she has given to the Americans for such a regulatory system? Where are these proposals, or are they just made up as well?

Mr. Colin Carrie (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, CPC): Mr. Speaker, we are very proud of our record. Internationally, we are a founding member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. We have made significant investments to help support green energy and infrastructure internationally. We have one of the cleanest systems in the world. We have already regulated the transportation and electricity sectors, and we are planning to reduce HFCs, one of the fastest-growing greenhouse gases in the entire world.

Thanks to our actions, carbon emissions will go down close to 130 megatonnes from what they would have been under the Liberals, and we have done it all without a carbon tax.