MAY: Scheer's Climate Stance: 'Cowardly Negligence'

MAY: Scheer's Climate Stance: 'Cowardly Negligence'

Postby Oscar » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:03 pm

Elizabeth May Knocks Andrew Scheer’s Climate Stance As 'Cowardly Negligence'

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The Huffington Post
10/23/2018 17:21 EDT | Updated10/24/2018 10:03 EDT

"Don't mince words," a reporter told the Green Party leader.

(PHOTO: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks with the media in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 23, 2018. Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press )


OTTAWA — Federal parties took turns Tuesday knocking each other for insufficient action on climate change, but it was Elizabeth May who threw the sharpest barb at Andrew Scheer.

Following an announcement that the government will be delivering tax rebates in four provinces that rejected the federal plan, the Green Party leader called the Conservative party's antagonistic position strange in light of carbon pricing's history.

"They seem to also want to ignore that carbon pricing, as a mechanism, was invented in the United States by Republicans who wanted to find a market mechanism so they could avoid heavy regulation," May said.

The rebates will help the Liberals court votes, May said, and will "leave Andrew Scheer and his cowardly negligence exactly where it belongs: in the spotlight of uselessness."

She called the federal rebates a "good start" toward a fulsome climate policy.

May stressed the time-sensitive need for governments to mitigate and implement policies that will ensure future generations inherit an Earth with livable conditions.

An alarming United Nations climate change report released earlier this month warned that governments have 12 years to implement effective policies to limit carbon emissions.

"But we don't make a difference when we hang back hoping someone else will go first. We make a difference when we go first."

Rebates are an 'election gimmick': Tory leader

Scheer has been under pressure to release details of his party's plan to address climate change. He had promised to reveal the plan "very soon," but has yet to do so.

The Conservative leader took to the same lectern on Parliament Hill minutes after May. He called the new rebates nothing short of an "election gimmick" to buy votes ahead of next year's general election.

"This plan is wrong for taxpayers. It's wrong for the economy, and it's wrong for the environment," he said.

Money for carbon tax rebates in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick will draw from a federal fuel charge which will be implemented in April. The rebates are expected to return 90 per cent of fuel charge proceeds collected as part of its climate plan.

More from HuffPost Canada:

•Carbon Tax Rebates Coming To Provinces That Rejected Federal Plan
•Justin Trudeau Denies Trolling Doug Ford With Carbon Tax Event On Premier's Turf
•Andrew Scheer Says He Supports Reducing Global Emissions Rather Than Domestic
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