Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you, Minister, for being here today.
With the recent announcement by the UN on the current state of the climate change crisis, coupled with items in the Stern report costing out the effects of inaction on economies, it seems that urgency and action, particularly for countries like Canada, are most needed. So to this point, we've established that--and I see your graph as an indictment of previous governments' lack of effectiveness....
We've also established, from previous colleagues of mine, that there's suspicion about your government's true commitment to the environment. These are both facts that we'll allow on the table for Canadians to judge--they both seem to be accurate--yet they lead us not towards the type of action that both the UN and Sir Nicholas Stern's report call for: that Canada has to change course dramatically. The graph you show us clearly points that way.
Are you prepared to put a hard cap on heavy polluters in this country, a hard emissions cap? Are you prepared to bring in absolute, world-class, mandatory fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks that are made in this country? Is your government prepared to have and establish an ambitious home energy retrofit program, particularly for low-income families? And are you prepared to end the perverse subsidies to the tar sands?