Manitoba NDP Condemns Pallister’s Rejection of Climate Science

Government Ignores Opportunity to Put Climate Science into Law

October 26, 2018

The Manitoba NDP is condemning the Pallister government’s decision vote down amendments which would enshrine climate science into Manitoba law. Amendments to the government’s Climate and Green Plan Act were brought forward by NDP Environment and Green Jobs Critic Rob Altemeyer in committee on Thursday night.

“Our amendment would have required the Pallister government to listen to the science and make sure all efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution follow what climate science says we must do”, said Altemeyer. “Led by Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires, Conservative MLAs voted against climate science three times in a row.”

The amendment would have enshrined emission targets recommended by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Had it passed, Manitoba would have become the first jurisdiction in Canada to enshrine the advice of climate scientists into legislation.

“Our children will be alive when climate scientists say the worst of global warming will hit our province. We owe it to them to leave an environment that is sustainable and livable,” explained Altemeyer. “Sadly, the Pallister government does not want to listen to climate science.”

The latest warning from the IPCC, issued just weeks ago, calls for cuts to greenhouse gas emissions of 45% from 2010 levels by 2030. Plans by the Pallister government will instead see emissions stay at current levels or even increase in future years.

Altemeyer thanked the dozens of presenters who took time to make their views known to the Legislative Committee reviewing Bill 16.

“What we heard at Committee was truly inspiring - Manitobans know that climate science is real, they know solutions exist, and they want our government to stop picking divisive fights and get to work on real solutions that keep life affordable, create new green jobs and reduce pollution”, said Altemeyer.