We can tackle climate change and create jobs. It is time for a green new deal for Canada.
It starts with the clear recognition that we are faced with the prospect of catastrophic climate change.
It recognizes that we need bold action with real, achievable initiatives – initiatives that are good for environment and create jobs as well.
One place to start is with large-scale building retrofits to reduce energy demand, create jobs and save families money every single month.
What has the Liberal government done? They gave Loblaws, one of the richest corporations in Canada, $12 million for fridges.
In the upcoming weeks, the NDP will lay out its plan for the environment. Part of that plan is a commitment to retrofit all housing stock in the country by 2050. Buildings are the third largest source of Canada’s GHG emissions every year. To reduce emissions, a meaningful change is to improve our existing building stock.
We can help families save an average of almost $900 a year and lower our emissions.
When the Conservatives were in power, they cut successful programs like ecoENERGY Home Retrofit that helped people make their homes more energy efficient. And instead of taking bold action to confront the climate crisis, the Trudeau government spent $4.5 billion to buy a pipeline.
We cannot only cut greenhouse gas emissions, we can create tens of thousands of good local jobs all across the country.