Canada’s Conservatives have a real plan to protect our environment. It’s a balanced approach to reduce emissions, conserve and protect our air, land, water and wildlife, and fight climate change. It’s built on three key policy principles. First, is to invest in green technology, not taxes. This is the best way to lower our emissions without imposing new taxes on Canadians. Second, is to promote a cleaner and greener natural environment. We will work with farmers, hunters and anglers, Indigenous peoples, provinces, and territories to help protect our air, land, water and wildlife. Third, is to take the climate change fight global. Climate change is a global problem. It requires a global solution, and Canada has a leadership role to play. Our Conservative plan will fight climate change by lowering global emissions, while also leaving more money in Canadians’ pockets. Canada’s Conservatives are working to help all Canadians get ahead.
Conservatives have a proud legacy when it comes to managing Canada’s natural environment and improving Canada’s environmental performance. This legacy spans the full history of our country. The founder of our party and Canada’s first Prime Minister – Sir John A. Macdonald – laid the groundwork for the national parks system and created the first three – Banff, Yoho, and Glacier. Years later, Prime Minister Robert Borden championed arctic exploration to establish a scientific understanding of our northern frontier. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker further entrenched Canada’s arctic sovereignty with his Roads to Resources policy while also enshrining in legislation Canadian Environment Week, an annual tradition encouraging environmental action that continues to this day.
Brian Mulroney – named the greenest Canadian Prime Minister in 2006 – negotiated the Canada-US Acid Rain Agreement, created eight new national parks and enforced the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the first anti-pollution law in the history of our country. Most recently, under the leadership of Stephen Harper, the previous Conservative government contributed $17.7 billion to support the environment. In addition to significant financial contributions, our government secured 4,000km2 of ecologically sensitive private lands and added an area nearly twice the size of Vancouver Island to the network of federal protected areas. All these efforts led to a 5.1% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2005-2012, while the economy grew by 10.6%.
Climate change is real. And it represents a serious threat not only to Canada, but to our entire planet. So we owe it to our children and grandchildren, who will inherit from us this great and beautiful country, to preserve the environment they will be entrusted to protect. I am a father of 3 and grandfather of 9 and they mean a lot to me. Everything I do in this job, I do for them. And just as Conservatives will not leave our next generations a fiscal deficit, we will also not leave them an environmental deficit.