September 27, 2006

Ignatieff Offers Hope for the Environment

Michael Ignatieff released his strategy for Sustainable Development in Canada. The speech he made during the release is here.

He lays out his seven point plan to be enshrined in Canada’s first Environmental Sustainability Act. The seven planks of the act involve:

1) Breathing Clean Air
2) Drinking Clean Water
3) Ensuring Access to Healthy Food
4) Become a Global Leader in Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity
5) Preventing the Build-Up of Toxins and Waste in our Society
6) Reducing Canada’s Carbon Emissions by 50% from 1990 levels by 2050.
7) Ensuring Canada’s Cities are Renowned Around the World for being Vibrant, Clean, Safe and Prosperous

What is most astonishing about this plan is that it is comprehensible and sets out goals in the short medium and long terms. It sets out goals for Canada and goals at the international level. It is full of ideas and means to get these bold ideas accomplished.

I could spend the entire day explaining the plan but I encourage you all to go check it out.
This plan is bold. It sets out goals which critics will call unachievable.

The tax measures in the plan, from helping corporations provide clean vehicles to their employees, to taxing fuel based on its carbon content, to giving preferential tax status to homes which meet the highest standard, to TAXING JUNK MAIL, are so fantastic, they are outright revolutionary.

Protecting our environment will be a major issue in the upcoming election after all the hot air surrounding the Tories’ Made in Canada solution to a Global problem turns out to be nothing but hot air.

I leave you with a quote from Michael’s speech today in Ottawa, which transcends the debate on the environment and applies to many other issues facing Canada today.

“We need hope.

Hope that our environment can be saved. Hope that Canada can make a positive difference for life on this planet.

Not false hope based on phony policies and empty promises.

But real hope.

Hope based on a clear vision. Hope based on the courage to make tough choices. Hope based on the ambition to effect real change and revolutionize the way we do environmental policy in Canada. Hope based on real leadership.”

Update: ted over at Cerberus has more details. He is so thorough.

2 Commentaires:

Blogger polarslam a dit...

Too bad he's not going to win.

He should have tried living in Canada for more than a year.

9/27/2006 4:48 p.m.  
Blogger Olaf a dit...

I think drinking clean water is way overrated. My favourite water is hose water - its the minerals that give it flavour, no?

9/27/2006 7:55 p.m.  

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