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View Monique Pauzé Profile
BQ (QC)
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2020-05-26 19:16 [p.2480]
Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for her question.
One of the first 10 bills the Bloc Québécois would like to debate is by my colleague from Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia. Her bill would force the government to respect its Paris commitments and therefore adhere to its greenhouse gas reduction targets. It is an interesting bill that includes accountability. If the government fails to meet its targets, it has to explain what steps it will take. That means we can track changes in our fight against greenhouse gas emissions year over year, and that would give Parliament a chance to debate it.
Another bill that we put forward deals with jurisdiction. The federal government's areas of jurisdiction give it priority over what happens in the provinces, particularly when it comes to the environment.
A private company in Limoilou refused to talk to an environmental inspector from the Government of Quebec on the pretext that the environment was an area of federal jurisdiction and that the inspector had no right to be there. This company was responsible for the red dust that was settling all over Limoilou, on window sills and balconies. The case spent a lot of time winding through various courts before ending up before the Supreme Court, which refused to consider the case, thereby maintaining the most recent previous ruling, which gave Ottawa priority in environmental matters.
Quebec therefore has no power in this area because it has been stripped of its authority to defend the environment for the sake of the health of Limoilou residents, and this situation applies to the entire province.
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