The Liberal Party policy amendment that’s causing a buzz this morning

123. Climate Change

WHEREAS:
Scientists confirm that human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels, is altering the atmosphere, changing Earth’s climate, and damaging the environment; Urgent action is required to combat the adverse effects of climate change; Biofuel production from crops grown for fuel (rather than for food) contributes to higher food prices, and risks increasing poverty and hunger, particularly in the global South.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the next Liberal government of Canada to:

  1. Support unconditionally Canada’s commitment under the Kyoto Protocol by enacting comprehensive legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada, including, but not limited to:
    1. establishing a carbon tax, a cap and trade system, or a combination of both, including hard
      limits on the emission of greenhouse gasses for large final emitters;

    2. providing financial support for energy efficiency and conservation measures, generating clean
      energy, and public education on the effects of global warming.
  2. Initiate constructive negotiations relating to the post-Kyoto period intended to build an international climate regime that includes:
    1. deeper mandatory GHG emission reductions for industrialized countries;
    2. expanding the group of countries committed to binding emission reductions;
    3. protection for tropical forests;
    4. prioritizing climate-friendly technologies.
  3. Combat climate change by committing Canada to a 25-40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (relative to 1990 levels) by 2020, and an 80% reduction by 2050.
  4. Favour the production of biofuels from forest product and agricultural residues.

Liberal Party of Canada (Quebec)

Questions:
1. Will Michael Ignatieff and his OLO/Liberal HQ team do everything in their power to prevent this policy from making it to the main floor of the convention?
2. If approved by Liberal delegates, will Michael Ignatieff allow this policy to be binding upon the Liberal Party?
3. If not, does this mean that the Liberal Party is ceding environmental policy to the NDP/Greens… to the Conservatives? (the Conservatives have passed legislation on GHG reduction)
4. Will the passing of such a resolution merely reflect the Liberal record of more talk than action on GHGs and climate change?
5. Last month, Michael Ignatieff said “We took the carbon tax to the public and the public didn’t think it was such a good idea”. Does this mean that Liberal Party policy is determined via polling rather than by party principle?
6. Will the Liberal convention (including flights, hotels, presentations and other travel) be carbon-neutral? Will the Liberal Party be buying carbon offsets for the entire carbon footprint of the convention?

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71 thoughts on “The Liberal Party policy amendment that’s causing a buzz this morning”

  1. They're Liberals, remember. Nothing anybody says means anything. But if there's a tax involved, they'll probably do it. They just can't help themselves.

  2. 40% below 1990 levels means:

    90% of electrical production in Nov a Scotia goes bye-bye
    40% of electrical production in Ontario goes bye-bye.
    80% electrical production in Alberta and Saskatchewan goes bye-bye
    90% of truck transport, air transport, shipping and farm equipment eliminated

    Canada would have to function with the carbon footprint we had in 1905.

  3. SGLAM… TOO BAD THIS BLOG IS LIMITED TO A FEW SENTENCES.

    It would take a very long pice to list all the lies and broken promises by this current government. Their last PM is on the receiving end of charges he took bribes while in office. Too bad you walk around blind.

  4. Pretty serious accusation your making there Terry. This particular Conservative government has little to no connection to Brian Mulroney's era. Also Mulroney was not playing around with taxpayers' money in his dealings with CHS. Can't say the same for the Chretien Liberal scandal(s).

    The Mulroney/Shreiber witch hunt is all about trying desperately to even things up on the scandal front.
    Sorry, no chance, Liberals win the scandal prize, hands down. It will take a long streak of corruption to catch up and that's not on the Conservative wavelength. Under this PM we'll continue to see straight arrows and good government.

    The Harper government has helped a lot of people cope, from young families to seniors. Nothing to compare came down from the Liberals in the past two decades.

    You have to admit the biggest lie in our memory came from Chretien when he lied about scrapping the GST. No one has ever forgot that biggie aside from attempts by the Liberals and their shills to bury it.

    The IT's were going to be dealt with by the Liberals as well. Given the time frame there is no reason anyone needed to lose money from that change either. There's no accounting for greed over what's best for the common good.

  5. Do you think that calling an election when it wasn't even legal or ethical to do last fall was not costly. Liz, you dream to much in blue…put on some rose coloured glasses.

    The Harper team has helped certain people at my expense, as does every government, and he has helped those people with high incomes to take family allowance money and spend it on whatever they feel like. I call that a terrible waste of my money. I call the GST cut a disaster because it brought on a deficit which means he loaned us our money and we now have to pay it back.

  6. I wonder why the Libs never read the other side of the coin like the Manhatten Declaration. Our Media of course don't want it spread either. 650 Of the worlds most notable Scientist signed this declaration saying that global warming is not caused by humans.
    As a historian I know, that the Sumerians 6000 years ago had global warming big time. And they did not Drive around in SUV's not did they burn fossil fuels.

  7. MikeW. I wonder where we will get all the coffins for the prople who died of starvation. Without CO2 nothing is going to grow. Of course the cows who's farts are apparently causing a lot of global warming won't be around either.

  8. Stephen ,I hope the Liberals go ahead with this Carbon tax insanity, in particular at this time ,when our economy is suffering. I can't see them winning an election with this one.

  9. Batb. not only Maurice Strong, Chretien in particular is a great shareholder in the new chinese Power Corp.,
    They bought up all coal mines, and the coal is now being bought by the Chinese Gov. to stoke their many coal burning power plants. Of Course if we paid into Kyoto, which I consider the biggest world swindle ever,
    Mr Chretien and his friend would profit greatly indirectly Maybe that is why he signed Canada up to the great swindel.

  10. Only the rich can afford to purchase carbon offsets, so a lot of people will not be travelling anywhere. If and when they apply a carbon tax.

    Look what cap and trade is doing to the EU. Everything is so expensive the average person is hurting financially. Crops grown for fuel is an expensive way to go and usually is suplemented by the gov't which in turn is us the tax payer.

  11. Terry1 The only reason the Libs got 13 years of Government is because Chretien loaded the Province of Quebec with so many electoral seats that nobody could win unless he won Quebec. And Quebec always voted to screw the rest of the country. As a result people like Chretien would alsways win, these are the people who run money by the trainload into Quebec.

  12. Chretien did not add one seat in quebec during his term in office……you are spewing “tory” facts now.

  13. MaryT. I could not have said it better. But I’ll go a step further. I may not live to see the day, but the seeds to the breakup of Canada was sown by Pierre T. when he instituted official bilingualism. He propable did not tought about this. But it will come. Because as you said, the West can live without Quebec, but Quebec is too dumb to realize it cannot be successfull without the rest of Canada. I know how they feel, I live there.

  14. MaryT. I could not have said it better. But I’ll go a step further. I may not live to see the day, but the seeds to the breakup of Canada was sown by Pierre T. when he instituted official bilingualism. He propable did not tought about this. But it will come. Because as you said, the West can live without Quebec, but Quebec is too dumb to realize it cannot be successfull without the rest of Canada. I know how they feel, I live there.

  15. I like green industries well enough as long as they are for real and not a farce.
    You mention Photovoltage. Here is my expenrience with it The German Government gave massive subsidies to individuals who had a suitable house to have solar panels installed. My sister is one of them. Yes, it worked she is hooked up the power grid and gets a cheque every month. However she had to take out a 25000. DM Mortgage. How many people can efford that? That on top of the Goverment subsidies. In menatime the program has been discontinued. Too expensive.

  16. That was the wrong tack. to take. KHSchreiber is a windhund first class. The greated gauner the world has ever seen. I guess you are naive enough to believe that the Augsburg Prossecutor would fight for his extradition if he did not have the goods on KHS. As far as the 2.5 Million are conserned people are no longer interested in the trash from 25 years ago. Besides 2.5 million is a hell of a lot less than 40 Million stolen by the Liberal. Besides Mullrooney has asked for this official inquiry. When I remember that clown from Nova Scotia ,who went to the stews of the Don Jail to cook up another of KHS affadavit
    including the name of PMSH, who was not even in politics when all this took place, I think it you are the one who is totally blind. But what can one expect.

  17. No Terry1 that is not fiction at the same time he increased some of the ridings in the Toronto
    Mississauga quarters. I know I lived in one of them.

  18. This whole thing is the biggest swindle ever. How can you sell something you don't have. Such as clean air in China.

  19. Germany would love to get out of Kyoto. But they also have a minority Government. However they also had the first Street protests against Kyoto in the former East Germany. Of course the medio does not want any one to know.

  20. I am concerned about Sears Catalogue department outsourcing their telephone catalogue ordering as of today, what are your views and what are you planning for canadian work going south. How can we support a country when the president has 4000 pairs of shoes in her closet. Why should they not pay canadian taxes on the money they receive in wages that is now going elsewhere. Why should we be supporting these countries this way when the deficit is mounting by the minute….

  21. I am concerned about Sears Catalogue department outsourcing their telephone catalogue ordering as of today, what are your views and what are you planning for canadian work going south. How can we support a country when the president has 4000 pairs of shoes in her closet. Why should they not pay canadian taxes on the money they receive in wages that is now going elsewhere. Why should we be supporting these countries this way when the deficit is mounting by the minute….

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