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Canadian Climate Coalition

The Canadian Climate Coalition is a nation-wide network of groups working on climate action. It distributed a citizen questionnaire to five Canadian federal political party organizations which was answered in detail by all except the Conservative Party of Canada. Questions focused on the Kyoto Protocol:

"The purpose of the survey was to determine future actions to reduce greenhouse gases in Canada. Only the NDP and the Green Party were prepared to state specific targets for future action. The Liberals have committed in general terms to long term targets after launching the process to negotiate post-2012 emission reductions last month in Montreal," noted Brent R. Kopperson, Executive Director of the Windfall Ecology Centre.

There is a growing consensus among scientists that global emissions must be reduced by 30% below 1990 levels by 2020 to avoid hitting a "tipping point" in the atmosphere of 400 parts per million carbon dioxide. The global mean temperature rises proportionately to CO2 concentration).

"According to Mr. Harper's public statements, a Conservative Party government would ignore the first stage Kyoto commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 6% below 1990 levels by 2012. Given the urgency of the need to reduce far more by 2020, the Conservative Party position represents a significant threat to progress in confronting climate change," said Gaile Whelan Enns of Manitoba Wildlands.

"It appears that a Canadian government under Stephen Harper would move Canada more into the same camp as U.S. President George W. Bush," noted Kathryn Malloy, Executive Director of the British Columbia Chapter of Sierra Club of Canada.

The main plank of the Conservative Party platform on climate, the tax deduction for transit passes is, according to the Canadian Climate Coalition, a gross abuse of funds and an unproductive boondoggle:

"Harper's plan will cost 200 to 800 times more for each tonne of emissions than Canada's current Project Green, which was, in fact, 'made in Canada'," according to Guy Dauncey of the BC Sustainable Energy Association. "If this is the way that Harper's 'made in Canada' plan to reduce emissions begins, then he's certainly not a fiscal conservative!"