UN Secretary General says leaders are lying about climate. Does he mean Canada’s leaders?

Time: 03/10/2022 15:11:55
Context: Question
Ms. Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, GP): Mr. Speaker, back in April, even before the current government approved the drilling in Baie du Nord, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres pointed out that we are on track to more than double the 1.5°C Paris target. He stated, “Some government leaders are saying one thing and doing another. Simply put, they are lying.”

Since 1990, our emissions have risen more than any other G7 country. When Antonio Guterres said some government leaders are lying, which countries’ leaders do we think he is referencing?

Hon. Steven Guilbeault (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. member for her comment and her dedication to the issue of climate change over many decades.

As the IPCC has said, countries need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 43% by 2030. We are on track to meeting at least a 40% reduction and on our way to meeting a 45% reduction.

We are doing more right now than any other country in the G7 to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Our investments, on a per-capita basis, are three times what the Americans just announced with the IRA in the U.S.