Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP): Mr. Speaker, climate targets are not about politics, they are about science, and even though Canada has improved our target last week at President Biden’s climate summit, we are not aligned with the science. Speaker after speaker at that summit made it clear that we must achieve the bulk of reductions this decade if we are going to hold to 1.5°C.
Will the minister and the Prime Minister be open to changing Bill C-12 with a specific target due in 2025 baked into the bill?
Hon. Bernadette Jordan (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we support enhanced reporting to ensure we are on track to meeting our newly announced national determined contributions for 2030. To this end, we have proposed embedding Canada’s new target for 2030 directly into the act, which is 40% to 45% below 2005 emission levels.
Climate change is an urgent issue and we must work together on it. We hope the Green Party will support the bill at second reading so that we can continue to work constructively to further strengthen the bill.