HANSARD: Jenny asks what the top priorities would be for the government to address the climate crisis

House of Commons Debate
Concurrence in Vote 1—Department of Justice
Main Estimates, 2022-23
Government Orders
June 7th, 2022 / 7:45 p.m.


Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Madam Speaker, the hon. member is correct in the sense that urgent action is needed to address the climate crisis.

The IPCC, scientists and, more broadly, Canadians already know that. However, what we saw, as the member has mentioned, is the government and, more specifically, the Prime Minister decide to buy a pipeline, one that is actually not economical at that. They are being particularly secretive about the cost implications related to it. On top of that, they are not moving forward and taking real action to stop the subsidies for big oil.

From that perspective, I would like to ask the member what she thinks the top priorities would be for the government to address the climate crisis?"


Monique Pauzé (Bloc) Repentigny, QC

"Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for her question. I would say that there was a time when we could set priorities. Now, everything is a priority because the crisis is too serious.

I feel that all countries worked together to tackle the health crisis quickly, but they are unable to do the same with this major climate crisis. We are losing living things. What is happening to biodiversity is shocking. The air we breathe is making us sick.

The government is giving money to Trans Mountain and, as I explained in my speech, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is such a powerful lobby that it can hide the costs. We have yet to talk about Bay du Nord or the offshore drilling off the coast of Newfoundland.

All the decisions being made seem to be completely contrary to what all international and Canadian experts are telling us."



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