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Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, the drawing card of the energy east project was the fact that we perhaps could have a refinery at the end of it in New Brunswick, which would process the bitumen from Alberta and turn it into materials that we would need in Canada, instead of having to import them fr

October 15th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, it is obvious when the government should change its target. It should change it tonight. It should have changed it in this debate tonight. They should have admitted, “Gee, we were wrong”, that the world's scientists are telling us that we have to do this if we are to

October 15th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Global Warming  Madam Speaker, I am proud to be sharing my time with the member for Nanaimo—Ladysmith, who is flying in directly from Vancouver Island for this debate. I am really grateful to be allowed the time and space for all of us here to talk tonight on this emergency debate. If there was

October 15th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Global Warming  Madam Speaker, the member basically said the things I wanted to say. However, that is all we have been hearing from the Liberal side. This is an emergency debate triggered by the IPCC report, which says that we have to do something different in Canada and around the world. Howeve

October 15th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Global Warming  Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan for his speech. He is a great debater and used some well-worn debating tactics, such as the straw man of equating energy with fossil fuels, and that since we need energy, we need fossil fuels. If

October 15th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Global Warming  Madam Speaker, members on the Liberal side have been talking about a crisis of leadership and I would totally agree with them. There is a crisis of leadership here and it rests on their shoulders. The Conservatives would not have done any better in their time in government either

October 15th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Global Warming  Mr. Speaker, I respect the work of the member for Toronto—Danforth in this place a lot. She thanked the member for Beaches—East York, and I do as well, for his work. In his speech, he talked about a failure of leadership. I was in Argentina with the Minister of Natural Resource

October 15th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions, both regarding pension policy in Canada. These petitioners point out that in the 2015 federal election, Canadians were clearly promised in writing that defined benefit plans, which had already been paid for by employees and pensioners, should n

October 15th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, the point is that I have seen no analysis out there that shows that we will meet those 2030 targets with the pan-Canadian framework. It will fall short. After I asked this question last spring, I travelled to Argentina with the Minister of Natural Resources for the

September 26th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, the topic I am discussing tonight comes from a question I asked in the House back in April. The question was essentially, how can the government square its approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline with Canada's Paris climate action commitments? I asked this question t

September 26th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, the member said it was all about the money, and of course it always has been. That is why Saudi Arabia is building all its new electric power plants using solar instead of burning oil, because it is cheaper. It is why a lot of people want to buy electric cars, becaus

September 24th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, at the very end of his speech, the member touched on the fact that the Trans Mountain pipeline was first built in the early 1950s, before I was even born. One thing I have heard is that the route that was chosen preferentially went through Indian reserves because it

September 24th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, I would just like to comment briefly on one of the recommendations of this report. I would like to bring this back to the report, because that is what we are talking about here. Recommendation number four is that: the Government of Canada address the broader issue

September 24th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, again, I would like to mention something I heard at the G20 energy meetings in Argentina from the U.K. minister who pointed out, in three great points, what the U.K. had been doing to make this transition. The first one was around legislated targets, legislated cli

September 24th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP

Committees of the House  Mr. Speaker, this is another one of those things that brings Conservatives and the NDP together, the sale of Trans Mountain by Kinder Morgan to the people of Canada. Who knew we wanted to be shareholders in a pipeline. I could talk all night about this, but I will try to be brie

September 24th, 2018House debate

Richard CanningsNDP