“As a dad, not a day goes by when I don’t wonder what kind of planet my children will inherit when they are my age?”
Climate change is a serious crisis. According to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, it will cost Canada’s economy at least $5 billion by 2020 and up to $43 billion by 2050. We’re already experiencing flooded cities and basements, lost crops and extreme weather events that destroy our homes, infrastructure, and businesses. The Green Party will put a price on carbon that will reduce emissions while returning all of the revenue directly to the people of Canada.; this will have the added benefit of putting more money in the pockets of everyday Canadians. We will focus our efforts on the three highest polluting sectors: transportation, buildings, and industry. Our plan will modernize Canada’s electricity grid, with the goal of transitioning to 100% renewable by 2030.
We need to accelerate a rapid phase-out of coal. The Government of Ontario has taken the lead by shutting down its coal-fired power plants. We need to work collaboratively with those remaining provinces relying on coal for electricity. We must be a leader in the electrification of transportation as both manufacturers and consumers. By 2030 we must ensure that all new cars must be electric. This a no brainer considering the continuing rise in the price of gas and the fact that used electric and plug-in hybrids will be 1/10th of the cost of today’s new vehicles. We need to be prepared and ensure that there is a cross-country electric vehicle charging system so that drivers can cruise from coast to coast, with seamless ease. We will create millions of new, well-paying jobs in the trades by retrofitting every building in Canada – residential, commercial, and institutional – to be carbon neutral by 2030. The federal government should apply the same national carbon reduction goals to all its own operations. All new federal government buildings must meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. LEED is the ultimate in sustainability and low emission construction. Canon Canada corp recently received LEED Gold for their Brampton corporate headquarters. There is no reason the Federal government cannot hold its own buildings to the same standard. The time has come to end all fossil fuel subsidies and instead invest in the growing number of innovative Canadian cleantech companies that need cash to grow. The Green Party will apply a climate lens to all planning decisions, environmental assessments, and planning laws.
All federal grants and loans to industry will be subject to carbon conditionality clauses designed to steer all industry and manufacturing towards 100% sustainable processes and practices. We will address the environmental impacts of factory farming by phasing out intensive animal husbandry and shifting supports to smaller organic farms. We will completely ban neonicotinoid pesticides, known for killing bees and contaminating our groundwater; and ban logging and other resource extraction in all provincial parks where ecological integrity is threatened. We will place an immediate and indefinite ban on fracking to prioritize drinking water, public health, and climate stability