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Canada’s natural resources sector plays a key role in our economy and is a major contributor to job growth and prosperity, but over the past decade the Harper Conservatives have failed to deliver a sensible, credible approach to grow the economy and protect our environment.
This failure is the result of the misguided Conservative ideology which would have Canadians believe the only choice is either the economy or the environment.
It’s a simple fact that in 2015, pretending that we have to choose between responsible development of our natural resources or protecting our pristine environment is just plain wrong.
Canadians have long understood that, for our country to succeed and for our economy to succeed, we need to ensure that our vast natural resources which benefit every region are developed in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Unfortunately, the Conservative government is not interested in this approach.
That’s why the Conservatives have failed to deliver a credible plan to ensure that our forest, mineral and energy resources are developed in a sustainable and responsible manner.
While oil and gas industry executives recognize the need to price carbon, the Prime Minister calls it crazy talk.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver thinks that if you believe in protecting our environment you must be a foreign radical. He also believes social license is something used to block resource development.
It’s time to end this ideological driven approach to resource development in Canada.
It’s time for real change.
The Liberal Party supports the development of Canada’s energy potential and recognizes the positive contribution resource development has on economic growth and job creation, especially for our middle class.
But we also understand that resource development must be done in an environmentally responsible, sustainable way and through consensus building.
This is the only responsible way to turn resource opportunities into economic realities. We need to draw on our intelligence, our ability and willingness to solve problems as much as we draw on the resources themselves.
Over the past decade, the Harper Conservatives have repeatedly failed to grasp the need to reconcile economic growth and environmental stewardship or the role the federal government must play.
The Conservatives and the New Democrats both want Canadians to believe resource development and environmental stewardship are mutually exclusive.
They are not. And Canadians are already seeing the consequences of these failed policies.
For instance, Canada has lost 71 per cent of its clean technology market share during the past decade.
That is why the Liberal Party of Canada has developed a plan which will ensure that we can tap into the economic opportunities responsible resource development provides and create the clean jobs of tomorrow.
The Liberal Party recognizes that creating clean jobs presents an enormous economic opportunity today and into the future. Companies around the world are integrating economic development and job creation with environmental performance.
Unfortunately, the Harper regime has failed to understand that the production, use and export of clean technologies can create and sustain good middle class Canadian jobs, help grow the economy and reduce pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions.
Many Canadian clean technology companies are already world leaders in innovation and productivity and others are well positioned to become significant players in increasingly important and rapidly expanding sectors like clean energy, energy efficiency and clean water.
We believe there is a role for the federal government to play in supporting these industry leaders.
A Liberal government would:
As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said recently, the environment and the economy go together. The role of the federal government is ensure that happens.
This column appeared in The Hill Times on July 13: http://bit.ly/1K3VdUw
BEDFORD (June 30, 2015) – Halifax West MP Geoff Regan has raised concern over reports that the Department of National Defence is looking at reducing or possibly eliminating firefighting staff at the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot in Bedford.
Mr. Regan said he has written to the Minister of National Defence expressing his concern about the inherent risk such a move would cause.
“This magazine is located in a densely populated urban setting and I am concerned first and foremost with the safety of the residents of HRM who live in close proximity to the facility,” he said.
Mr. Regan said it was recently brought to his attention that the Department of National Defence is completing a Risk Case Analysis to determine whether the ammunition depot should be manned with firefighters around the clock, only during the day or not at all.
The Halifax MP said he is worried about any reduction in firefighting service and has asked the minister to maintain the status quo as that will provide the best protection for communities like Bedford.
CBC Power and Politics Panel, June 17, 2015. Also available at: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Politics/Power+%26+Politics/ID/2669763794/
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