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Yet another delay for the Climate Change Accountability Act

The Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C311) faced yet another delay this week. The Bill was meant to be considered at two Environment Committee meetings September 29 and October 1.

Unfortunately, all committee meetings were cancelled at the last minute. According to the Clerk of the Environment Committee, “each standing committee will no longer be duly constituted and the committee business is essentially suspended until the election of a new Chair (pursuant to Standing Order 106(1)). 48 hours notice is required for this meeting. Therefore, all ENVI Committee meetings will be cancelled until a notice can be issued for the meeting to elect a new chair.”

It appears that the Committee will meet next week and the Bill is on the schedule.

This is an important meeting. It will decide on when the Bill goes to the House for vote. It is important that committee members hear from the public that ensuring the swift passage of the Climate Change Accountability Act should be a top priority.

The Climate Change Accountability Act is legislation that will establish:

* A long-term target to reduce Canadian greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050
* A medium-term target to bring emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020

These targets are consistent with the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the KYOTOplus campaign.

The negotiations in Copenhagen which seek to finalize an new climate change agreement are only 66 days away. Passage of the Climate Change Accountability Act would be a good first step in addressing Canada’s poor record on climate action.

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