What the Experts are Saying About our Climate Plan

A re-elected Liberal government will immediately commit to net-zero emissions by 2050, and will help workers prepare for the clean energy transition.

Following a decade of Conservative inaction, the Liberal government has already set Canada on the path to achieving 75% of our Paris Agreement emissions reduction target. Now we have a plan to set legally-binding, five-year milestones, to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, based on the input of the experts and consultations with Canadians.

Experts Conclude that the Liberal Plan is both Ambitious and Feasible:

“The Liberals have the experience to know how big a challenge it is. They’ve acted in line with their promises in the last election and brought in significant new policies. The Conservative plans may actually make the situation worse, not better…

So what’s our choice? Given the four parties’ plans, we can pick between those that offer strong ambition but lack realistic implementation strategies; realistic policies with less ambition; or weak policies that match a lack of ambition. For us, practical policy beats ambition without a viable plan; and anything beats a plan that’s not worth the paper it’s printed on.” Source 

The experts also support our progress so far.

Experts agree that our investment of $70 billion in Canada’s clean Energy Transition is critical to creating the sustainable economy of tomorrow:

“The government’s climate commitments constitute an unprecedented public investment in transit, infrastructure and renewable energy, all in addition to the national carbon tax, and all of which are proven to drive down GHG emissions.” — Sandy Garossino, National Observe Source

Energy and environmental economist Andrew Leach says: 

“I’ve seen our government set Kyoto and Copenhagen targets and do little to meet them. In the last 4 years, we’ve seen more action on climate at the federal and provincial level than ever.” Source

And Canada is back as a leader on the world stage…

“In climate policy, experts agree that Canada is finally a global leader.” — Dr. Marc Jaccard  Source

…because a price on carbon pollution is the best way to reduce emissions.

According to 3554 U.S. Economists, 4 Former Chairs of the Federal Reserve, 27 Nobel Laureate Economists, 15 Former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers, and 2 Former Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Treasury.

“A carbon tax offers the most cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary. By correcting a well-known market failure, a carbon tax will send a powerful price signal that harnesses the invisible hand of the marketplace to steer economic actors towards a low-carbon future.” Source

And according to EcoFiscal Commission.

“Economists know the more we lean on carbon pricing, the better off our economy will be.” Source

Experts also agree that plan to plant 2 Billion trees and to restore fragile ecosystems is a great way to capture the carbon that is already in the atmosphere.

“tree planting is ‘a climate change solution that doesn’t require President Trump to immediately start believing in climate change, or scientists to come up with technological solutions to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere’, Crowther said. “It is available now, it is the cheapest one possible and every one of us can get involved.” Source

Which is why “radical pragmatist: environmentalist” Steven Guilbeault is running for the Liberal Party.

“When I look at what [the Liberals] have done, I had no problem rallying behind them. They’ve been a very active government on climate change in the last four years. We had no environmental or climate policies to speak of in 2015, and now we have a whole bunch of them.” — Steven Guilbeault Source

On October 22nd, Canada will either have a Liberal government that believes in taking action on climate change, or a Conservative government that wants to undo our progress and take us back to the Harper years of delay and denial. 

The contrast is clear, according to Professor Mark Jaccard:

“Chronic ineffectiveness at the Canadian federal level finally changed in the period 2015-2019, when the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made precise commitments on carbon pricing levels and regulatory stringency, and then implemented GHG-reducing legislation and regulations.”

“The climate plan unveiled by the Conservative Party of Canada in June 2019 is a throwback to an earlier era in which climate-insincere politicians tried to trick climate-concerned citizens into believing that they were taking action to reduce GHG emissions…

My simulation of the Conservative plan shows that it would lead to rising Canadian emissions. Source

To watch Dr. Mark Jaccard discuss Liberal progress on fighting climate change click here.