Libby calls out the Conservative government on their environmental commitments

House of Commons
December 10, 2010

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives have been so unhelpful at the Cancun summit, many Canadians are wondering why they bothered to go.

The part-time Minister of the Environment went to the summit and dismissed the Kyoto accord, dismissed Canada’s responsibility to address its historic greenhouse gas emissions. These are “sidecar issues” he said.

Once again, Canada is seen around the world as a stumbling block to global climate progress. Are the Conservatives really trying to beat the Liberal record and get more fossil awards than they did?

Mr. Mark Warawa (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, CPC) :

Mr. Speaker, Canada’s negotiating team is in Cancun to participate in serious discussions that will lead to a legally binding treaty that includes all the major emitters. This government is a constructive player in the Cancun negotiations.

Canadians do not like the publicity stunts of individuals or groups who are trying to embarrass Canada.

We stand up for Canada. We stand up for the environment. We stand up for good Canadian jobs.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives irresponsibility also hits hard at home.

The government has only one long-term border testing site on the Athabasca River, 150km downstream of the tar sands. It was designed to monitor pulp and paper mills, not pollutants from the tar sands. Contamination and low water levels are limiting first nations to practice their traditional way of life.

When will the Conservatives regulate the tar sands? When will they protect the communities that depend on the Athabasca River?