Earth Day press release
APRIL 22, 2022
NDP ONLY PARTY OFFERING NEW ENERGY &
A POSITIVE CHOICE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Layton Celebrates Earth Day As Liberals Leave Environment Off Priority List
TORONTO- NDP Leader Jack Layton today joined in with thousands of
Canadians on Earth Day today in urging the federal government to make
positive choices with practical solutions for a green and prosperous
country - creating jobs, cleaning the air and fighting climate change.
Layton spoke accompanied by NDP candidates and environmental activists
beside Canada’s first urban wind turbine, an initiative in which Layton
played a key role as a Toronto city councillor. He criticized the
Liberal record on the environment and noted the Liberals broke their
promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions and failed to mention the Kyoto
Protocol in either their 2004 budget or Throne Speech.
“Canadians keep telling the Liberals they want clean air and clean
water, and want to fight climate change, yet when the Liberals
announced the latest version of their priorities, they ignored the
environment,” said Layton. “To Canadians who want to build a
green and prosperous economy, I say make a positive choice in this
election. Green technology exists today and we need a government with
the political will to use it today.
“I’m proud to have worked with people on limited budgets to put
practical solutions like renewable energy in place. And it’s time
the federal government helped put solutions in place, too, instead of
talking about the environment but letting pollution rise,” said Layton,
who noted the Liberals promised to cut climate-changing and
smog-causing emissions in the 1993 Red Book, but let them rise by 18
per cent instead.
“Paul Martin’s Liberals talk of 10-year plans, but if Canadians want to
see what Liberal 10-year plans are like, they only need to look at the
last ten years and ask who the Liberals were listening to,” he said.
Last week, Layton released a central plank of the NDP’s election
platform, the environment, which contained a real plan to create jobs
with renewable energy, and meet Canada’s Kyoto commitments on climate
change. (Available on www.ndp.ca)
Among the NDP’s practical solutions are leveraging the government’s
Petro-Canada stake to create a new Crown corporation for renewable
energy, with innovation centres in solar, tidal, wind and geothermal
energy. The NDP would also shift tax incentives from polluting to
green energy; create jobs and energy efficiency by retrofitting
buildings as Layton did in Toronto and implement the NDP’s innovative
green car industrial strategy unveiled last year with the support of
both the CAW and Greenpeace.
“Canada can build a green and prosperous economy. We can create
jobs as we clean our air and water. We can build for tomorrow by
becoming a world leader in renewable energy, and I am proud to lead the
only party listening to Canadians when they say that’s what they want,”
For more information, please contact:
Karl Belanger, Press Secretary to Jack Layton, 613/720-6463.