Harper government guts environmental funding

OTTAWA — The Harper government has clearly laid out its priorities with the latest slashing of environmental budgets. Gone is funding for climate change, air pollution, wildlife and toxic waste clean-up – instead the government is proceeding with funding corporate tax cuts, tar sands subsidies, fighter jets and new prisons. “It is clear that the priorities of the Harper government are not in line with Canadians, who consistently put environment at the top of the list,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May.

Environment Canada’s budget has been cut 20%, in particular, climate change and air pollution programs have been cut by 59%. The action plan to clean up contaminated federal sites has been cut by $19.5 million and programs to protect wildlife have been cut by $3 million. Natural Resources Canada’s budget has been cut 21%, including energy efficiency programs. Overall, the government will be spending about 14% less on environmental programs.

“Canada is confronting a triple deficit — economic, environmental and democratic — and we are not dealing with any of them,” said May. “Unless the recently announced emissions reduction initiatives and whatever is renewed in the budget are greater than the cuts, Canada’s environmental deficit will grow deeper. As a nation we can’t afford that any more than we can afford to continue to afford the economic deficit this government has put us into.”

“We urgently need a greater government commitment to rapid emissions reductions even to reach the Harper target which would still take us in the opposite direction of Kyoto a decade too late,” said Green Climate Critic Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu. “Industry investment in clean energy and retrofits requires confidence of government support over the long term. Letting funding run out and threatening not to renew it stifles progress.”

“This government does not understand or care that long-term commitments are needed to make progress on environmental issues. It’s very difficult to plan retrofits and wind farms when every year the funding runs out and you have to wait for the budget to see if there’s going to be any money,” said Mugnatto-Hamu.

  • http://bubbleactionpumps.com Wilfred Sorensen

    It’s all very well to criticize the reduction in funding for renewable energy and conservation but it will be argued that budget cuts are needed and all sectors must take a hit. We should point out that an INCREASE in spending on renewables and conservation can be more than offset by DECREASING the subsidies to nuclear energy and fossil fuels. Along with this approach should be actual verifiable figures. Money spent on renewable energy installations, conservation and efficiency pays back year after year. Money spent on nuclear and fossil fuel subsidies perpetuates inefficiency and global warming.

    I have another suggestion relating to our platform. How can I contact the committee?

How you can help

Follow Us

facebook-icon Facebook Twitter YouTube Digg
Learn how you can support Elizabeth May and the Green Party of Canada ALT

Island Tides

Finance, Budgets And Shuffles
Island Tides | April 3rd, 2014

What’s up with FATCA? An issue that should concern more than those Canadians with ties to the US
Island Tides | March 20th, 2014

Rewriting our Elections Laws
Island Tides | February 20th, 2014

The globalization of the workforce
Island Tides | January 23rd, 2014

Latest News

May 2014 Newsletter
In The News | June 13th, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter
In The News | June 13th, 2014

Passenger rail in Canada is in crisis
In The News | April 7th, 2014

Green Party Logo

Email: Saanich Gulf Islands Green Party
Box 20076, Sidney BC, V8L 5C9
Phone: (778) 351-3335

Email: MP Office - Ottawa Office
Confederation Building, Room 518
244 Wellington St
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Phone: (613) 996-1119
Fax: (613) 996-0850

Email: MP Office - Riding Office
1-9711 Fourth St
Sidney, BC V8L 2Y8
Phone: (250) 657-2000
Fax: (250) 657-2004