Ottawa – As the parliamentary committee examining the government’s proposed Clean Air Act completed its re-drafting of the bill today, Environmental Defence applauded the work of the MPs on the committee, highlighting the many improvements made to the bill.
“This bill, if passed in its current form, would be the most significant environmental legislation passed by the federal government in nearly two decades,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence. “We applaud both the government and the opposition for improving this bill.”

For several amendments, such as those applying stringent greenhouse gas targets and mandatory air quality standards, the three opposition parties joined together to pass stronger measures against the wishes of the government. However, on other amendments, such as strengthening energy efficiency standards and empowering ministers to designate pollution “hot zones”, the committee was able to reach unanimous multi-party agreement.     

The bill will now be tabled in the House of Commons for Second Reading. Environmental Defence urges the government to follow through on the committee’s efforts by making the bill a priority in the House of Commons. 
 
About Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca) Environmental Defence protects the environment and human health. We research. We educate. We go to court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air, safe food and thriving ecosystems. Nationwide.
 
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