Along with his colleagues, Anne Minh-Thu Quach, MP (Beauharnois-Salaberry) and Deputy Critic for the Official Opposition NDP on Industry and FranÃ§ois Choquette, MP (Drummond) and Deputy Critic for the Official Opposition NDP on the Environment, Peter Julian organized the 1st National Forum on Clean Energy and Industry at the House of Commons. Nearly 150 participants gathered, experts, economists, environmentalists, labour activists, entrepreneurs, civil society actors, MPs and the general public. The discussions revolved around developing renewable energies and clean technologies, as well as their role in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable growth. Canada can take part in the worldwide growing market for clean energy, which will top 3 trillion dollars per year by 2020. The NDP understands that developing Canadaâ€™s clean energy sector will stimulate the economy, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gases.
â€œCanada must commit to an approach based on sustainable development. Not only is it the right thing to do but it will also help ensure our long-term prosperity as a nation in a competitive modern global economy. We must start working with the world and stop working against the planet,â€� said NDP leader Tom Mulcair in his speech kicked off the forum.
After almost a decade of Conservative government, Canadaâ€™s international reputation has suffered as a result of an ideological refusal to adapt to a clean energy economy. The vast majority Canadians have clearly called for the federal government to take a leading role in the fight against climate change and developing renewable energies.
â€œClean, renewable energies promote innovation, help create jobs and protect the environment in Canada. Canadians can count on the NDP to lead the way,â€� added Mr. Mulcair.
*Opening remarks by Thomas Mulcair, the Leader of Canadaâ€™s New Democratic Party and Leader of the Official Opposition, introduced by Official Opposition House Leader, Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7B4VEDXPE0
*First Panel: Renewable Energies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RETf7AFs4rI
Moderator: Mark Rowlinson, Blue Green Canada
Merran Smith, Clean Energy Canada
Michel Letellier, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
CÃ©line Bak, Canadian Clean Technology Coalition
Dr. Tim Weis, Canadian Wind Energy Association (via teleconference)
Ben Thibault, Pembina Institute (via teleconference)
*Second Panel: Energy Efficiency https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe6yDVfw3QE
Moderator: FranÃ§ois Choquette, MP (Drummond) and Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Environment
Brent Gilmour, QUEST
Elizabeth A. McDonald, Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
Eleanor McAteer, Tower Renewal
Jacob Irving, Canadian Hydropower Association
Ed Wojczynski, Manitoba Hydro
*Luncheon Speech by our Keynote Speaker Romeo Saganash, MP (Abitibi-Baie James-Nunavik-Eeyou) and Official Opposition Deputy Critic on Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY24kktyhlY
*Third Panel: Sustainable Industries and Urban Centres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-x2WrZq1b4
Moderator: Anne Minh-Thu Quach, MP (Beauharnois-Salaberry) and Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Industry
RenÃ© Drolet, Environmental and Sustainable Development Consultant
Peter Denton, Red River College (UNEP civil society representative)
RenÃ©e Gratton, RG Integration and Associates
Tim Gray, Environmental Defense
*Fourth Panel: International Models https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RERbrMvc00
Moderator: Linda Duncan, MP (Edmontonâ€”Strathcona) and Official Opposition Critic for Western Economic Diversification
Dr. Sabrina Schulz, Head of E3Gâ€™s Berlin Office
Peter Christensen, Samsoe Energy Academy, Denmark (via teleconference),
Wes Johnston, Canadian Solar Industries Association