The House resumed consideration of the motion of Ms. McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change), seconded by Mr. Blair (Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction), — That the House recognize that:
(a) climate change is a real and urgent crisis, driven by human activity, that impacts the environment, biodiversity, Canadians' health, and the Canadian economy;
(b) Canadians are feeling the impacts of climate change today, from flooding, wildfires, heat waves and other extreme weather events which are projected to intensify in the future;
(c) climate change impacts communities across Canada, with coastal, northern and Indigenous communities particularly vulnerable to its effects;
and (d) action to support clean growth and meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions in all parts of the economy are necessary to ensure a safer, healthier, cleaner and more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren; and,
therefore, that the House declare that Canada is in a national climate emergency which requires, as a response, that Canada commit to meeting its national emissions target under the Paris Agreement and to making deeper reductions in line with the Agreement's objective of holding global warming below two degrees Celsius and pursuing efforts to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius; (Government Business No. 29)
And of the amendment of Mr. Fast (Abbotsford), seconded by Ms. Rempel (Calgary Nose Hill), — That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following:
“the House recognize that:
(a) climate change is a real and urgent global problem requiring real global solutions, and that Canada can and must take a leadership role in developing those global solutions;
(b) human activity has an impact on climate change, and its effects impact communities across the country and the world;
(c) Canada and the world must take urgent action to mitigate global climate change and combat its impacts on the environment;
(d) the government’s own “Clean Canada” report shows the government is falling short of the Paris targets by 79 million tonnes;
and, therefore, as an alternative to its current proposal to tackle climate change involving a non-binding declaration, the House call upon the government to produce a real climate change plan that will enable Canada to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions according to the targets of the Paris agreement.”.
The debate continued.