Former Prime Ministers call for Green Stimulus

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - As Canadians wait in anticipation for next
week's stimulus package, Former Prime Ministers and Finance Ministers are
calling for Canada to ensure the federal budget focuses on green stimulus.
    Signatories including the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Joe Clark, John Turner
and Paul Martin released a statement today titled "Time for the Green
Economy," which reads:

    It is time to vault Canada into the Green Economy. Green Stimulus creates
    jobs and will jumpstart Canada's role in the new global economy.

    Retrofitting Canada's buildings will provide immediate employment.
    Incentivizing clean energy and building green infrastructure will
    stimulate the economy of the future. Canadians need good jobs, immediate
    economic stimulus and rapid growth in the clean energy economy. In one
    stroke, green stimulus provides solutions to our biggest problems.

    Green stimulus will provide jobs quickly through a program to retrofit
    government real estate and low-income housing meanwhile incentivizing
    commercial and homeowner retrofits.

    Green stimulus will provide long-term growth in the emerging green
    economy through low-cost loans and spending which dramatically accelerate
    production of renewable energy and deploy stimulus into transit,
    buildings, green grid and other low-carbon infrastructure.

    The signatories point to countries like the United Kingdom where massive
building retrofit programs are underway, Germany where a quarter million new
jobs have been created in the clean energy sector and plans by the incoming
administration in the United States for massive investments in green jobs,
building retrofits, clean energy and green infrastructure.
    Coordinator of the initiative Tzeporah Berman of PowerUP Canada pointed
to international negotiations underway for a global warming emissions treaty
scheduled for late 2009: "Canada has been lagging in building the green
economy and fighting global warming. But if we green the stimulus package, we
will put Canadians back to work building the economy of the future."
    The Federal government is currently consulting with stakeholders in
preparation for Budget 2009.
    The call for green stimulus follows an announcement yesterday of detailed
recommendations for a Green Economy Action Fund supported by diverse groups
representing over 850,000 Canadians as well as September 2008's "Time to Get
Serious on Climate Change" statement in which the former Prime Ministers and
leading Canadians called for stronger laws and policies to combat global
warming. The statements were released by PowerUP Canada - Canadians for
Climate Leadership, a national, non-partisan initiative aimed at stimulating
policy action to build the green economy.

For further information:

For further information: Tzeporah Berman, Executive Director, PowerUP
Canada, (250) 935-0061,

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