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The Environment  Mr. Speaker, Canadians know that climate change is real and they expect their government to take responsible and effective action while strengthening our economy and creating good middle-class jobs. Let us be clear: Canada's GDP is measured in the trillions of dollars. We are ta

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, the memo that the hon. member refers to was released months ago, was discussed previously in exchanges in the House, was actually prepared under the previous Conservative government, and clearly thus does not represent the approach to the pricing of carbon pollution

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, this government agrees that climate change is an extremely important issue. We have been working very actively to implement the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change. The latest national inventory report from the United Nations shows that carbon

April 19th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Trans Mountain Expansion Project  Mr. Speaker, as I said, we have been very clear that in the modern world the economy and the environment need to go together. We have worked very hard to ensure we have understood the concerns that have been expressed from an environmental perspective, and we have addressed those

April 16th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Trans Mountain Expansion Project  Mr. Speaker, the issue of confidence in the environmental assessment processes was something we talked a lot about during the last campaign. It was eroded under the previous government when it made a range of changes in 2012 that undermined the public confidence in the system. W

April 16th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Trans Mountain Expansion Project  Mr. Speaker, I welcome the opportunity to participate in this emergency debate. The Prime Minister has said repeatedly, and reaffirmed on Sunday, that the Trans Mountain pipeline will be constructed. Interprovincial pipelines are the responsibility of the federal government, a

April 16th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, our government has brought forward in Bill C-69 better rules for the review of major projects that will protect our environment, fish, and waterways; will restore public trust and respect indigenous rights; and will strengthen our economy and encourage investment. Re

April 16th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, the environment and the economy go together. We proposed improved regulations that will protect the environment, restore public trust, and respect the rights of indigenous peoples. These better regulations provide for one assessment per project, to reduce overlap and

April 16th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my very deepest sympathy to the families directly affected by last week's tragic events, to the community of Humboldt, and to all Saskatchewanians. Having spent my childhood, adolescence, and early adult life in that wonderful province, I wa

April 16th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, Canadians recognize very well that the environmental policies of the previous government were an abject failure, whether it was addressing climate change, environmental assessment, biodiversity in Canada--

March 29th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, as I was saying, Canadians know that the environmental policies and the environmental legacy of the previous government were an abject failure. The Conservatives did not address climate change. They destroyed the environmental assessment process in Canada. They let t

March 29th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, the pricing of carbon pollution is a key part of any serious plan to address climate change. Pricing pollution is a market mechanism that will reduce emissions and will drive innovation in the country. We believe that provinces and territories are best placed to de

March 29th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

Taxation  Mr. Speaker, Canadians know that addressing climate change is an important issue and any thoughtful approach and plan include the pricing of carbon pollution. Four out of five Canadians live in jurisdictions that have shown the leadership to put into place carbon pricing system

March 29th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, let us be clear. The commissioner's report actually dealt with the period before the development of the pan-Canadian framework. It was an indictment of the climate policies of the previous government. We have put into place a plan that is focused on addressing climat

March 29th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, the reports of the commissioner are very important to highlight the status of issues and to highlight issues that require attention. We welcome this report. However, let us be clear about what she said. First, she said that most audits, including almost all of the f

March 27th, 2018House debate

Jonathan WilkinsonLiberal