New Democrats Support Real Action on the Environment

Canadian Electoral Alliance member Rose Dyson wrote to NDP leader Thomas Muclair expressing her concerns regarding the negative impact to our environment and economy due to the Conservatives' recent budget. We also hope that Mr. Mulcair will grow more interested in cross party collaboration with the other 3 opposition parties. Here is Thomas Muclair's response:

From: <thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca>
Date: Wed, May 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM
Subject: New Democrats Support Real Action on the Environment

Thank you for taking the time to inform me of your concerns regarding the negative impact to our environment and economy due to the Conservatives' recent budget.

Clearly, we are dealing with a government that only listens to their lobbyist friends. They are transferring costly environmental clean-ups onto our children and grandchildren and financial debt to future generations. Please know that after carefully studying this 420-page omnibus bill, we can't support it.

As a former provincial Environment Minister, I have consistently fought to protect the environment. From taking a tough stand on enforcement of environment laws and regulations to promoting sustainable development throughout Quebec. Today, I am proud to lead a party that is fully committed to these same goals.

A good opposition not only opposes, but proposes. That is why we called for the budget bill to be split into five sections to ensure MPs can give this legislation the scrutiny it so desperately needs, and that Canadians demand. By refusing our reasonable request, the Conservative government has proven to Canadians that they don't have the confidence to put their own measures under scrutiny.

In analyzing the Conservatives' sweeping changes, NDP Environment Critic Megan Leslie said, "The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has already been plagued with cuts and will now be saddled with the obligation to do more complex reviews, faster, and with fewer resources. By gutting the environmental assessment process, the Harper government is burdening our grandchildren with costly environmental clean-ups. Under the guise of 'streamlining,' they are allowing our environmental protection system to become a process of rubber-stamping. The Conservatives have removed almost all public participation in environmental assessments, and given cabinet ministers full authority to make decisions about major development projects."

As it stands, this plan jeopardizes not only the environment, but also the health and prosperity of Canadians. Yet, the Conservative response is to apply a double standard by attacking those who oppose while never demanding the same accountability from pro-oil sands lobbyists. This is simply wrong.

As Leader of the Official Opposition, you have my commitment that New Democrats will fight for you. Our team is working hard every single day to take on the Harper Conservatives and put forward practical solutions that will ensure we maintain a clean, sustainable Canada for future generations.

Again, thank you for writing. I encourage you to share my response with friends and family who also share your desire for a sustainable environment.

Sincerely,

Thomas Mulcair, M.P. (Outremont)
Leader of the Official Opposition
New Democratic Party of Canada