Early in May, I was so proud of the youth in our community for standing up and fighting for our future at the Earth Guardians Cowichan Valley Climate Strike. I had the opportunity to make a statement in the House of Commons, and you can watch that video right here:
As the father of three young girls, finding solutions to mitigate climate change is an absolute priority for me. That is why over my last four years as your Member of Parliament, I have been repeatedly calling on the Liberal government to take serious and urgent action to fight climate change. I co-hosted a climate change town hall in 2016, joined the protest against the expansion of the Trans-Mountain pipeline outside my office last year, recently hosted 3 town halls on a National Clean Energy Strategy in March, and brought up climate change multiple times in the House of Commons.
I am proud of the NDP’s history in leading this fight in the House of Commons. It was 12 years ago that Jack Layton introduced his Climate Change Accountability Act, and it was 10 years ago that Megan Leslie first spoke about a “Green New Deal.” My colleague Linda Duncan has been fighting for an Environmental Bill of Rights since she was first elected in 2008. These are just some of the efforts of federal New Democrats to put the issue of climate change front and centre in Canadian politics for more than a decade.
Just this month the NDP requested an emergency debate to declare a National Climate Emergency and fight climate change with urgency.
We must immediately end subsidies to fossil fuel companies, stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and adopt stronger emission targets.
Investing in the clean, renewable energy economy of the future will be doing the right thing for our planet while creating good quality jobs and making life more affordable for Canadians.
We have already started laying out our plan with our commitment to make all buildings – including homes – more energy efficient. This plan will save you money, create good local jobs and fight climate change.
It’s increasingly clear that if we fail to act now to fight climate change, the costs will be immense. We have the skill sets. We have the technology. We just need to see the leadership from our federal government. Please be assured that I stand with you and that as your Member of Parliament, I will continue to work to make sure combating climate change is a priority in this riding and across Canada.