Parliament Video: Jenny in the House on what Canada must do to get the job done and mobilize for the Climate Emergency

Jenny's Statement in the House on March 12, 2021:

Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

"Madam Speaker, the world is facing a global climate emergency, and the IPCC has said wealthy countries like Canada must cut their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030.

For the last 20 years, Canada has failed to bend the curve on its GHG emissions. As Tommy Douglas said in 1971:

...if we could mobilise the financial and the material and the human resources of this country to fight a successful war against Nazi tyranny, we can if we want to mobilise the same resources to fight a continual war against poverty, unemployment and social injustice.

Seth Klein, in his book A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency, has put forward four markers to get the job done: spend what it takes to win; create new economic institutions, such as a new generation of Crown corporations to get the job done; move from voluntary and incentive-based policies to mandatory measures with clear near-term dates; and tell the truth about the severity of the crisis and what is required to rise to the challenge."

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