Federal Parties Need Improvement to Meet Global Warming Challenge Set by Former Prime Ministers



    Switch to new economy will tackle climate change and help avoid recession

    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - The major federal parties will need to step up
their plans for green economic stimulus, if they are to meet the global
warming response called for by five of Canada's former Prime Ministers, said
PowerUP Canada today. Six survey questions on steps the federal government
could take to deploy technologies and stimulate market solutions were sent to
each of the federal parties recently - all parties except the Conservative
Party responded.
    "Former Prime Ministers Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, Joe Clark, Paul
Martin and John Turner joined the country's leading experts in calling for 'a
staggering rate' of 'deployment of climate safe technologies' and an immediate
price on carbon to power-up free market solutions," said PowerUP Canada
Executive Director Tzeporah Berman. "All parties responding to our Global
Warming Action Survey listed some major initiatives that would help modernize
the economy. This is a start, but the next parliament will need to enact much
stronger laws and policies to safeguard Canada and grow our economy out of
trouble."
    "I was shocked to learn that Canada's proposed vehicle efficiency
standards are weaker than China's," said Beijing 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist
and PowerUP Canada supporter Adam Kreek. "Canada's government must start
leading because our economy and country are already suffering, and the worst
is yet to come."
    "Many of our 350,000 members are concerned about what we are doing to our
children and grandchildren - both economically and environmentally," said
Canada's Association for the 45Plus Vice President of Community Development
and PowerUP Canada supporter Ross Mayot. "We need leadership to keep ahead of
the curve in a competitive world where energy efficiency, innovation and
climate protection will go hand-in-hand."

    
    Overall survey findings are that:

    -   All parties are beginning to recognize the importance of powering up
        the free market by pricing carbon, but most will not commit to the
        immediate price of $30/tonne called for by the former Prime
        Ministers, and some do not have plans for a price across the whole
        economy.

    -   The parties need to get much more specific - and in most cases more
        ambitious - in their plans for deploying climate-safe technologies
        and matching the laws and policies that have proven successful in
        other jurisdictions.

    PowerUP Canada works with all political parties, business and civil
society for stronger global warming laws and policies.


    PowerUP Canada Global Warming Action Survey Questions and Results
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    The Bloc Québecois, Green Party, Liberal Party and New Democratic Party
    responded to PowerUP Canada's six-question Global Warming Action Survey
    in late September. The Conservative Party did not submit answers.

    Q1  Will your party establish an economy-wide price on greenhouse gas
    emissions beginning at no less than $30 per tonne in 2009 and rising to
    at least $75 by 2020? If so please indicate the mechanism(s) by which you
    will do so:

        A. Economy-wide price? Liberals - Yes, Greens - Yes
        B. Economy-wide price of $30/tonne in 2009? Bloc - No, Greens - Yes,
           NDP - No, Liberals - No
        C. Economy-wide price of $75/tonne by 2020? Bloc - No, Greens - Yes

    Q2  Does your party support a legislated cap on Canada's total greenhouse
    gas emissions that declines over time? Bloc - Yes, Greens - Yes, NDP -
    Yes

    Q3  Will your party set, through regulation, vehicle efficiency or
    emission standards that match or exceed those being used in California?
    Bloc - Yes, Greens - Yes

    Q4  Will your party negotiate with provincial and territorial governments
    to secure the establishment of German-style "feed-in-tariffs" that
    provide guaranteed prices to encourage private investment in low-impact
    renewable energy production? Bloc - No, Greens - Yes

    Q5  Will your party negotiate with provincial and territorial governments
    to secure the amendment of building codes to require - like the UK
    government has committed to do - that all new homes be carbon neutral by
    2016? Bloc - No, Greens - No

    Q6  Can you please tell us how much new public investment over what time
    frame your party will make in:(*)

        A. Public transit? Bloc - $190M per year, Greens - 1 cent of GST
           (about $5B per year), NDP - $4B over 4 years, Liberals - more than
           $8B over 10 years
        B. Energy-saving upgrades to buildings? Bloc - $70M, NDP - $2.9B over
           4 years shared with 6C, Liberals - more than $575M over 4 years
        C. Renewable energy for heat and power? Bloc - $830M over 3 years,
           NDP - part of $2.9B allocation over 4 years in 6B above,
           Liberals - $370M over 4 years
        D. Carbon capture and storage? Bloc - $0

    (*) NB: Summaries of parties' responses reflect commitments to federal
        spending specific to each of these four areas.
    




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For further information: Media contact: Neil Monckton, (604) 724-4307,
www.powerupcanada.ca

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