Climate Change Accountability Act revisited

I recently discovered that on June 15 2011 (yes ... 2011 ... not a typo), Megan Leslie, NDP MP, tabled Private Members Bill, Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-224) previously tabled by Bruce Hyer as C-311 (and before that by Jack Layton as C-377.) I was appalled that I had not previously been aware of this Bill.

Further investigation revealed that in Jun 16, 2014, Matthew Kellway introduced a Private Members Bill (Bill C-619) which replaces Bill C-224.

Most of you will remember that Bill C-311 was passed in the House of Commons only to be defeated without debate in the Senate (an undemocratic action by a supposed House of Sober Second Thought).

Here is an extract from the Summary of the Bill:

The purpose of this enactment is to ensure that Canada meets its global climate change obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by committing to a long-term target to reduce Canadian greenhouse gas emissions to a level that is 80% below the 1990 level by the year 2050, and by establishing interim targets for the period 2015 to 2045. It creates an obligation on the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to review proposed measures to meet the targets and submit a report to Parliament.

I believe that we should all be writing to MPs encouraging them to support this Bill when it reaches Second Reading - this is the stage at which it ought to be debated in the House.

I'm sure I will think of other actions, but this is my first idea. Please send your suggestions to us via the contact form.

Patricia (web admin)