On December 5th, MP Julian re-submitted his Motion in the House of Commons, calling on Parliamentarians to support a Canadian Green New Deal. It remains the first and only legislative initiative before the House of Commons in the 43rd Parliament, advocating for a Green New Deal. The motion is based on different models worldwide including the resolution submitted in the US Congress by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and Senator Ed Markey from Massachusetts. Law makers in countries around the world are currently looking into introducing similar legislation.
â€œThe Green New Deal is the call for an ambitious government-led mobilization to make the investments necessary to stop climate change and socio-economic inequalitiesâ€� said Julian. â€œBy making public investments in clean and renewable energy, housing retrofits, and electric vehicles, we can drastically reduce our carbon emissions while creating well-paying, unionized jobs. The Green New Deal is about saving our planet, while making sure that all Canadians, including the workers in carbon-heavy twilight industries are given good family-sustaining jobs as we transition into a new renewable and clean energy economy.â€�
Julianâ€™s Green New Deal motion specifies that a Green New Deal will respect agreements, treaties and meaningful reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and MÃ©tis.
â€œWe have a climate emergency in our country. Canadians are coping with floods, forest fires, killer heat-waves and massive storms â€“ we are already living through catastrophic climate events. It has never been more urgent that we transition to a low-carbon economy,â€� said Julian. â€œAt the same time, we have almost half of Canadians reporting they are $200 away from bankruptcy at the end of each month. We need a Green New Deal, because we wonâ€™t solve the climate crisis without ensuring the everyday Canadians benefit from the public investments a low-carbon economy will require.â€�
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