Coutinho, the four federal candidates in Colombia, zoomed in on Sept. 8 and, with about 160 members, answered questions about their climate change policies.
The polite and highly structured session was organized on Friday by Members for Future West Cotinie and co-sponsored by the Citizens Climate Lobby.
Candidates Robin Goldsbury (Liberal), Rob Morrison (Conservative), Rana Nelson (Green) and Wayne Statsky (NDP) ran. The PPP candidate was not invited to the forum.
The question of a moderator for candidates came in three parts: Do you agree that we need to take comprehensive action on the decarbonization of the industry, what is your time frame for this transition, and you How will you help workers affected by the changes?
All four candidates said yes, big changes are needed.
Liberal candidate Goldsbury said the government must balance a healthy economy with a healthy environment.
“This balance takes a lot of effort, a lot of detail, and it’s really easy to put idealistic ideas out there, but to actually put them in place, we’re the only party that has a plan for the next 30 years.” ”
He did not elaborate on the plan, nor did he explain how the Liberal government would help workers affected by the changes.
“We’re working on it,” Goldsbury said, referring to rapid de-carbonization.
Statsky, an NDP candidate, said he had met with industrial unions and was interested in moving away from oil, gas and coal jobs. He cited the relocation of pipeline workers to work to replace water and sewer infrastructure in several communities.
“It’s not good to sit there and say we need to move towards a green economy or a green energy future,” he said. About retraining and maybe early retirement in some cases.
Green candidate Nelson said his party’s plan is to move out of the fossil fuel industry between 2030 and 2035. She agreed with Statsky that workers needed to be retrained and discussed the possibility of early retirement.
“I was in Elkford over the weekend, talking to a woman who has lived there for 16 years, and she told me that 90% of the people who work in coal would like to do something else, and they want a job. Feeding your families, so these conversations need to happen.
He said the Green Party’s plan was not to “intrude on Waltz into a community and say, ‘Well, what you guys do is terrible and that’s how you’re changing.’ ‘
Conservative incumbent Morrison said the government needs to focus on developing renewable energy and will hire an expert panel of scientists to guide it. He said the focus should be on natural gas and nuclear energy.
The energy industry is already moving towards renewables, he said.
“Right now they are already retraining. I know a big oil company is looking at renewables, far from our historic oil and gas.
Morrison said a conservative government would use tax credits to encourage carbon capture and storage technology (extraction of carbon from the air and storage of it underground), especially in industries that have “fertilizer and There are a few alternatives to burning chemical products such as fossil fuels. “
He said economic recovery was a priority and that “if we Canadians don’t have jobs, we can’t have a green future.”
Candidates were asked what their government would do about climate change and pollution in its first 100 days.
Goldsbury said, “It’s really, really important that, as a government, we sit down and we move forward, and we insist on making sure climate change is at the top of the list.” “We’ve got an extraordinary plan. I can tell you personally, I’m pushing it.”
He did not elaborate on the plan, saying “we have a lot of programs.”
Statsky said he would first abolish oil and gas subsidies.
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“I want to see the money go to research and development in the green energy sector. There are some great opportunities, especially around both solar and geothermal energy, but we need some extra in the industry to develop better technology. Money needs to be invested.
He said he would form a caucus of MPs from all parties interested in the climate, “because I know every party has members.”
He said he would use the COVID-19 response as a model, set up provincial and federal committees across the country and empower and fund them to work on the climate crisis.
Nelson did not limit his response to climate change issues. He said the Green Party government would change the Canada Health Act in its first 100 days to include pharmaceuticals and increase health transition in the provinces, including mental health and indigenous health. The party will implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which includes the right to clean water.
“Our personal health depends on the health of the planet,” he said, acknowledging the effects of heat waves, forest fires and droughts. He said the Green government would ban fracking.
Morrison said he would work with provincial governments to find a way to help them manage the forest and put out the fire, which he said was part of the climate crisis.
He reiterated his idea of calling a panel of scientists to help move toward renewable energy. can.”
He said he wanted to make progress. Electric train Between Trail and Crane Brook, he said he was working on a project with a Columbia Valley truck that was experimenting with hydrogen fuel. He said the Conservatives would introduce a personal low-carbon savings account, but did not say how it would work.
Candidates’ backgrounds, climate unrest among young people, barriers to rural youth working on climate issues, old growth logging, and environmental degradation should be declared international crimes.
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