Climate Change: Quebec moves ahead while Ottawa continues to lag behind

    MONTREAL, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Equiterre applauds the climate change
bill proposed by Quebec Environment Minister Line Beauchamp that aims to
implement a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions. In so doing,
Quebec outdoes the federal government, which has yet to introduce legislation
to fight global warming and has done little to improve its lacklustre
performance on the climate change file.


    The cap-and-trade system the Quebec government intends to introduce will
use 1990 as the reference year, as stipulated in the Kyoto Protocol. Because
it will be based on absolute reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (unlike
Ottawa, which wants to use an intensity-based reduction target approach), this
bill opens the door for Quebec to participate in a carbon credit trading
program with other provinces and US states.
    For Equiterre's Steven Guilbeault, "the bill tabled today marks another
important step in Quebec's fight against climate change and, once again,
demonstrates strong leadership".
    But transportation plans continue to present a major challenge for the
province. "It makes no sense to expand our highway network while we're trying
to cut back our GHG emissions. You can't do both," stated Mr. Guilbeault.


    Beauchamp's bill comes at a time when the federal Commissioner of the
Environment has just release a damning report on the Harper government's
refusal to introduce legislation to implement the Kyoto accord.
    It was also reported yesterday that the Conservative government appointed
a number of global warming sceptics to key positions in the federal
government. This proves once again that, at the federal level, the climate
change debate is going nowhere.

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For further information: Eveline Trudel-Fugère, Equiterre, (514)

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