Recall Legislature to make climate change action the law



    Promise-again Dalton's pre-election promises just can't be trusted: NDP

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - The NDP wants Dalton McGuinty to recall the
Legislature so MPPs can take real action to address Ontario's climate change
challenge.
    "If Dalton McGuinty is serious about climate change he'll make it the law
- and not another empty promise," NDP Environment Critic Peter Tabuns said.
    Global warming is too important an issue to put off until after the next
election, the Toronto-Danforth MPP said.
    "It's not right for Dalton McGuinty to vacation from his duties at
Queen's Park while global warming threatens the future of our children, our
grandchildren and our planet," Tabuns said.
    "New Democrats say to Mr. McGuinty: End your self-imposed early vacation,
call back the Legislature, bring forward climate change legislation, put it
under the light of public scrutiny and give this issue the same big push you
gave your big fat $40,000 pay raise," Tabuns said.
    Ontario voters don't go to the polls until October. That gives McGuinty
plenty of time to try and make up for four years of letting down working
families on climate change. Other jurisdictions, like California, have made
climate change targets the law - but Dalton McGuinty opposed the NDP's Ontario
Climate Change Act. If passed, it would have committed Ontario to meet its
Kyoto targets by 2012. That's real action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
that would have helped secure a better future for our children and our planet.
    Tabuns said McGuinty needs to recall the Legislature because Ontario
families can't count on the premier's pre-election promises. They've heard
many of these commitments before - including McGuinty's broken promise to shut
down Nanticoke, Ontario's worst polluter, by 2007. He said he would shut it
down "come hell or high water." It's still up and running.
    "Today's families can't trust Dalton McGuinty's pre-election promises
because he has spent the last four years letting families down," Tabuns said.
"Ontario families need a real commitment on global warming - not a
pre-election promise they can't trust. Bring back the Legislature and do
something about it - now."


    Background: McGuinty's climate change promises

    "The next plank in our platform is what we call Growing Strong
Communities. That plank starts with our unequivocal commitment to shut down
our filthy coal-fired power plants by 2007... The government says it would
like to shut down those plants by 2015. We say that 2015 is too late, that
it's eight years too late. By 2007, we're going to have cleaner air in this
province, come hell or high water." Dalton McGuinty, May 5, 2003.

    As of today not a single plant has been closed.

    "Our Clean Air Plan alone will take Ontario three-quarters of the way
toward satisfying our responsibilities under the Kyoto Accord." Ontario
Liberal Plan for Clean Safe Communities, 2003

    As of today Ontario is nowhere near meeting our Kyoto goals.

    "A new nuclear plant is not in our plan." Liberal Party email to
Environmental NGOs, September 8, 2003

    As of today Dalton McGuinty has approved a $40 billion nuclear
megascheme.





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