On Wednesday May 5, the House of Commons voted 149 to 136 and passed Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act. C-311 now goes to the Senate for final approval.
The Canadian Press reports that, "The bill — the Climate Change Accountability Act — has spent the last year or so bouncing between the full House of Commons and the Commons environment committee. The legislation calls for greenhouse gases to be cut 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020."
By contrast, the Harper government to date has only called for - with no supporting plans or legislation - a cut of 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020. When this is translated to the standard baseline year of 1990, the Harper target actually equates to a 2.5 percent increase over 1990 levels by 2020.