How did the parties vote on key environmental policies?
In the past 2.5 years, parliamentarians voted on Act C12 – the Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, C15 – Enshrining the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People under National Law, Bill C230 – National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism Act, C38 – The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, and the National Climate Emergency Declaration. The Liberals, NDP and Greens voted “Yea” for all of them. The Bloc voted Yea for all of them except the National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism, and the Conservatives voted “Nay” for all of them.
- Alejandra Bravo (Davenport)
- Julie Dabrusin (Toronto-Danforth)
- Karina Gould (Burlington)
- Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North)
- Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre)
- Paul Taylor (Parkdale-High Park)
- Phil de Luna (Toronto-St. Paul’s)
- Shailene Panylo (Oshawa)
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As you know, Canadians will be going to the polls on Monday, September 20th, 2021, to elect a federal government. It is apparent to everyone in the world that the earth is in crisis with floods, droughts, out of control wildfires, heat waves, hurricanes, mudslides. We are now being affected more widely and more seriously by the Climate Crisis than ever before. This is with only a 1.1 degree temperature increase! It is going to get worse. We are on track for a 3 to 4 degree increase unless we, as a country, take urgent and drastic action. Up to now, our governments have not been doing enough. Canada was the only country in the G7 whose carbon emissions went up! and by 21% since 1990! We need to send a message to candidates that this cannot continue.
There are Canadians that have been severely affected by the Climate Crisis. Hundreds of Canadians have died these past few months due to the heat dome out west. We must tell our federal government and the major federal political parties that we need to do more. You need to call your MP.
We have built this new website: TEAMClimate2021.wordpress.com. In it, you will find information, reports and documents, and articles that describe our situation and what we need to do. It contains what you can do. There are ready-made templates for buttons, door hangers, flyers, and lawn signs that you can print out and use to tell others that you are concerned, and to raise awareness about what needs to be done.
The website lists some of the organizations that you can join in working to raise awareness about our Climate Crisis and support people in doing something about it.
The website talks about the climate platforms of the major federal political parties. We are working to develop a comparison of the climate action plans that are being put forward by these parties. Stay tuned for this.
If we want to ensure a livable future for our children and grandchildren, we need to take action. To do nothing is not an option.
What can you do?
Learn more about the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and the need for a just transition toward a healthier and greener future. Read the Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy and promote the parliamentarians pledge.
ClimateFast organized a candidates debate on the environment in the Toronto University-Rosedale riding on September 8th, 2021. Chrystia Freeland, our Deputy Prime Minister participated in this debate along with Nicole Robicheau, the NDP candidate, and Tim Grant, the Green Party candidate. The PC candidate, Steven Taylor, was a no-show. Here is the youtube video recording, if you are interested in viewing it.
ClimateFast and For Our Kids organized a candidates debate for the Toronto St. Paul’s riding that took place on September 9th. Here is the youtube video recording.
Etobicoke Climate Action hosted a candidates debate for the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding that took place on September 10th. Here is the youtube video recording.
For debates in other ridings, check here.
Consider attending the youth led, Global Climate Strike organized by Friday For Future Canada/Toronto on Friday, September 24th. Save the date!
If you’d like to work with others and contribute to collective action, take a look at the groups involved in TeamClimate2021 and reach out to get involved.
See the “What Can you Do” page for more ideas!”