Chair, we're giving this a hard look.
I'd like the consideration of the committee...and this will be an actual amendment to Mr. McGuinty's motion that I would like him to consider as well.
I believe all of us received a letter from the Auditor General of Canada, so I assume it came to all committee members on February 26. We can get copies made or make copies available if you don't have it with you. I think Monsieur Bigras has one--or maybe not.
Anyway, regardless, let me get to the point of the letter that matters. Her words are:
We have noted the announcements by the government of its environmental plans. The government introduced the Clean Air Act as “the first and central component of its environmental agenda”. Other announcements followed...
We note the lack of a clear response to date to the recommendations of our 2006 climate change report.
--this is the Auditor General's climate change report that came through the Commissioner of the Environment--
At the time we were finalizing the report, the government stated it accepted our recommendations and would address them in its climate change approach then underway. We replied that we expected the government would, in due course, describe its action plan in response to the recommendations.
As you may know, we suggested to the chair of the House Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in December that the committee might wish to consider requesting such an action plan from the government.
The Auditor General told the government, when they were preparing the commissioner's report, that they needed a plan and that the plan should come forthwith. That was in the summertime. The government knew that report said yes, they would do it. The commissioner released her report in the fall saying, here's the plan; the government has accepted the recommendation to release a plan. And here we are in March with that recommendation having been accepted and not having been fulfilled.
The tone of this letter is actually quite serious, because it's everything the government has agreed to do.
Here is the friendly amendment that I wish to move to Mr. McGuinty's motion: That the Government of Canada bring forth an action plan addressing the recommendations made in the 2006 climate change report by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development.