Ottawa, Ont. – The climate accountability legislation introduced today unfortunately has major deficiencies that will, at best, hold future federal governments accountable for Canada’s climate commitments. Given that Canada has missed every climate target in the past 20 years, strong accountability legislation is a necessary tool for breaking this pattern and tackling the climate emergency head-on. However, the proposed legislation currently lacks key elements. These include: legislating five-year incremental targets that will reach our 2050 goal (including the most important one, 2025); having independent experts regularly assess progress towards achieving each target; and ensuring that if Canada is off-track there are immediate consequences, namely government action—not plans. Parliament should look at international examples, including in particular the U.K., where this type of legislation is already working, and appropriately strengthen this proposed legislation so it instills true accountability and transparency in Canada’s fight against climate change.

For more information on strong legislation, see our joint briefing note: https://environmentaldefence.ca/report/canada-climate-accountability/

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Barbara Hayes, Environmental Defence, bhayes@environmentaldefence.ca