QP: Climate Negotiations

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, last month, in Lima, at the climate negotiations, Canada signed on to a decision in which all nations are invited to submit their intended nationally determined contributions—in other words, the next round of pledges for cuts—within the first quarter of 2015.

My question to the minister is this. Will Canada meet this request? Will we submit new pledges by the first quarter of 2015? Will it slide to a nebulous budget date? Will we actually have a pledge that will mean we can avoid a 2° Celsius global average temperature increase?

Leona Aglukkaq:
Mr. Speaker, our government is working to negotiate a new global climate change agreement that includes commitments from all major emitters.

We take the challenge of climate change seriously, which is why we are doing our part reducing emissions in Canada and working with our international partners. We will continue to reduce short-lived climate pollutants under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Arctic Council, and the Montreal protocol. Our recent contribution to the Green Climate Fund will also help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change and promote private sector investment.