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Stories by Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

Canada is going in the wrong direction fighting climate change

The climate, biodiversity, and pollution emergencies cannot keep being put on hold.
I cannot think of any other issue aside from tackling global warming where Canadian politicians would proudly proclaim their own country as irrelevant.
It is my intention to raise concerns about corporate capture of regulators at every opportunity in the upcoming election.
Getting to a green economy may not be easy. But it absolutely requires shutting down the fossil fuel economy, building equity and embracing a better future.
Within Parliament and media circles, we ignore the urgency of the climate crisis.
Canadians should no longer accept the absence of a national transportation strategy. It is time to build one and build one doing some of the heavy lifting to avoid climate catastrophe.
Without a massive investment in adapting our hospitals to extreme temperature and other climate extremes, our health-care system can be further compromised.
The question that looms larger all the time is how the hell did the fossil fuel lobby take over our government?
We need a whole-of-government approach. We need a War Cabinet in the most desperate gambit of humanity. We need a Survival Cabinet.
In the fight to implement Vanessa’s Law, it comes down to Big Pharma vs. the health of Canadians.
In order to pressure other countries to also accept the IPCC advice, Canada must show leadership in the world and ratchet up our current target before COP24.
With its current emissions-reduction targets, Canada is not committed to keeping the Arctic cold enough to ensure the survival of the Inuit.
Banks are ready to continue funding fossil fuels and related infrastructure while missing out on the enormous economic opportunities presented by clean-tech.
Whoever decided that patenting and restricting access to seed was a way to feed the world?
The Trudeau government has only wish lists when it comes to the environment, with no details on how to achieve its goals.
We don't yet have enough information to know if diluted bitumen can be cleaned up at sea, and First Nations were not consulted well enough on the pipeline project.
Under current weak targets, Canada is not committed to keeping the Arctic cold enough to ensure the survival of the Inuit.
For some reason, the government seems bound and determined to confine growing of cannabis to the indoors. This is bizarre. Cannabis grows well outdoors. In fact, it grows like a weed. It is an ideal crop to replace tobacco cultivation in many parts of Canada.
Questions remain over whether the U.S. president can withdraw from the trade agreement without support from the rest of the American lawmakers.
The Trans Mountain pipeline could turn into a disaster, and too little is being done to reduce carbon emissions.
I can only applaud the Liberal government’s focus on attacking the infrastructure deficit. But the picture of what it actually plans to do is still incomplete.
They will work if they put great Canadian products on the front shelf.
Scientific breakthroughs have invariably started in what a bean-counter might dismiss as wool-gathering.
Our Arctic strategy must make its top priority keeping the permafrost cold.
Trudeau’s challenge is to keep his eye on the real goal: protecting our children from an unliveable world.
We need to develop a comprehensive dementia strategy. Within 25 years, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia could reach 1.3 million and will have the highest economic, social, and health costs of all diseases in Canada.
Pretty bad. Because of the investor-state dispute mechanism, and more.
The Liberals are pledging to get rid of any sections that are dangerous. That’s pretty much the whole bill.
The horrible reality is that the 2016 budget delivers a large deficit, but without the kind of investments necessary to stimulate the economy to ensure the national finances are strong enough in seven years to close the deal. It reminds me of the themed protest of the UN climate negotiations in 2013 in Warsaw. Everywhere you looked were buttons and banners proclaiming 'WTF?' Translation 'Where’s the Financing?'
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