With a choice to act ‘now or never’ on climate, the government chose ‘never’

Speaker: Ms. May
Time: 27/04/2022 15:16:00
Context: Question

    Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP): Mr. Speaker, on April 4, the IPCC issued its latest and most stern climate warning. Globally, within 3 years, emissions must peak and drop dramatically in half by 2030. The only hope of holding to less than 2°C is if, by 2025, global emissions peak and then drop in half by 2030.

Two days later, the government approved Bay du Nord. Three days later, the budget said we are going to complete the Trans Mountain pipeline.

In the face of this, my question is why? With a choice of now or never, why has Canada chosen never?

    Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Canadians know what is at stake in the fight against climate change. It is why we are stepping up our climate ambition by committing more than $100 billion to climate action, ensuring we reduce methane emissions by 75% by 2030 and transitioning to a net-zero-emitting electricity grid by 2035.

    We are also doubling our commitment to $5.3 billion to help developing countries fight climate change and protect biodiversity. We will continue delivering ambitious and achievable climate action that protects our communities and builds a healthy future for everyone.