Liberal Party of Canada - Climate Change Resolutions

At the Liberal Party of Canada convention in Vancouver (May 2009) the delegates passed these two resolutions.

123. Climate Change 


• Scientists confirm that human activity, especially the burning of fossil fuels, is altering the atmosphere, changing Earth’s climate, and damaging the environment; 

• Urgent action is required to combat the adverse effects of climate change; Biofuel production from crops grown for fuel (rather than for food) contributes to higher food prices, and risks increasing poverty and hunger, particularly in the global South. 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the next Liberal government to: 

1. Support unconditionally Canada’s commitment under the Kyoto Protocol by enacting comprehensive legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada, including, but not limited to: 

i. establishing a carbon tax, a cap and trade system, or a combination of both, including hard limits on the emission of greenhouse gasses for large final emitters; 

ii. providing financial support for energy efficiency and conservation measures, generating clean energy, and public education on the effects of global warming. 

2. Initiate constructive negotiations relating to the post-Kyoto period intended to build an international climate regime that includes: 

i. deeper mandatory GHG emission reductions for industrialized countries; 

ii. expanding the group of countries committed to binding emission reductions; 

iii. protection for tropical forests; 

iv. prioritizing climate-friendly technologies. 

3. Combat climate change by committing Canada to a 25-40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (relative to 1990 levels) by 2020, and an 80% reduction by 2050. 

4. Favour the production of biofuels from forest product and agricultural residues. 

112. To Address Global Climate Change and the Economic  Crisis by Stimulating a Competitive, Sustainable Green Economy 

WHEREAS urgent, comprehensive and coordinated actions from governments around the world are essential to address global climate change and economic crises; 

WHEREAS action on climate change needs to include four pillars of response: mitigation, adaptation, carbon storage in natural ecosystems, and nature conservation; 

WHEREAS immediate investments in a sustainable green economy will stimulate economic recovery, develop competitive green technologies, create jobs, reduce greenhouse gases and foster sustainable communities; 

AND WHEREAS the shift to ethanol derived from food stocks has caused global food prices to rise, leading to hardship and violence where food shortages are already acute; 

BE IT RESOLVED that a Liberal Government, in consultation with Canadians, will develop and implement a multi-faceted strategy to stimulate the development of a sustainable, competitive green economy that will reduce the threat of global warming and stimulate economic growth. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Liberal government will lead Canada and the world to address the crises facing both our environment and our economy, by carefully considering all mechanisms of investment, incentive and taxation, and implementing an economic and environmental recovery strategy that will lead to: 

a. timely and meaningful reductions of our industrial and household carbon emissions so that Canada meets its international obligations to mitigate climate change; 

b. conservation and restoration of ecosystems to safeguard natural carbon sinks; 

c. policies that promote the use of non-food based fuel and low carbon emission transportation; and 

d. long term development of a competitive green economy sustaining future generations, their environment and their communities.