URGENT ACTION – the Government has paralyzed parliament’s environmental committee and is preventing a crucial piece of climate change legislation from being approved

Why?  The Conservative government is “paralyzing” parliament’s Environmental Commitee by blocking the Climate Change Accountability Act, Bill C-377.  This bill would enable Canada to take on science based targets to reduce its emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Conservative Members of Parliament are paralyzing the work of the
Environment Committee by blocking the Climate Change Accountability
Act, Bill C-377.  If the Conservative MPs don’t stop their tactics this
all important bill could be killed.  Opposition parties are united in
their support for this bill that would see Canada take on science based
targets to reduce its emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020.
 Conservative members have stalled the committee agenda for 5 meetings
by not letting other members of the committee talk. If they continue,
they could kill this important bill, and block all other work relating
to the environment.

The Conservative MPs and the media need to know Canadians disagree with their tactics.

The committee is meeting again on Wednesday and needs to hear from you this week.


(1) Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Wed Apr 9
(2) Take Action, anywhere in Canada – please call, write or e-mail

(1) PARLIAMENT HILL, Ottawa

As outlined in the Sierra Club’s action alert below, the Government has paralyzed parliament’s environmental committee and is preventing a crucial piece of climate change legislation from being approved.

The Environment Committee is meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, April 9) at 15:30hrs in Parliament in Room 269 West Block. We fully expect the Conservative filibuster to start up again when the meeting starts.

Youth environmental activists are planning to stage a bed-in. The public is welcome to attend and we are asking people to come out and show their support. You don’t have to come and be part of the youth bed-in action, it is just a matter of showing up so that we are out in force. Are you available to come out tomorrow afternoon?

Graham Saul, Climate Action Network Canada
Tel: 613-241-4413 or Cell: 613-558-3368

(2) TAKE ACTION (across Canada)

Conservatives Blocking work on the environment

Conservative Members of Parliament are paralyzing the work of the Environment Committee by blocking the Climate Change Accountability Act, Bill C-377. If the Conservative MPs don’t stop their tactics this all-important bill could be killed. Opposition parties are united in
their support for this bill that would see Canada take on science based targets to reduce its emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Conservative members have stalled the committee agenda for 5 meetings by not letting other members of the committee talk. If they continue, they could kill this important bill, and block all other work relating to the environment.

The Conservative MPs and the media need to know Canadians disagree with their tactics.

The committee is meeting again on Wednesday and needs to hear from you this week.

TAKE ACTION:

Please call, email, write or visit the Conservative members of the Environment Committee responsible for blocking the work of the Environment Committee. Copy your own Member of Parliament, the Prime Minister, and your local newspaper:

* Luc Harvey, MP for Louis-Hebert,QC, Harvey.L@parl.gc.ca Tel:(418)
648-3244
* Maurice Vellacott, MP for Saskatoon-Wanuskewin, SK,
Vellacott.M@parl.gc.ca Tel.: (306) 975-4725
* Jeff Watson, MP for Essex, ON Watson.J@parl.gc.ca (519) 776-4700
* Mark Warawa, MP for Langley, BC, Warawa.M@parl.gc.ca (604) 534-5955
* Hon. John Baird, MP for Ottawa-West Nepean, ON, Baird.J@parl.gc.ca
(613) 990-7720
* Right Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, AB, Harper.S@parl.gc.ca
Tel (403) 253-7990

For more detailed information on the Climate Change Accountability Act
see the website of the Environment Committee at:
http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/cmte/CommitteeHome.aspx?Lang=1&PARLSES=392&JNT=0
&SELID=e17_&COM=13183

Or the Pembina Institute’s testimony at:
http://pubs.pembina.org/reports/c-377-testimony.pdf

(Thanks to Cindy Green for sharing this)

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