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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
November 10, 2016

Transitioning to a Green Economy

MOVED BY: Mr. Altemeyer

WHEREAS human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels are causing global temperatures to rise and creating severe and ongoing impacts on Manitoba’s climate; and

WHEREAS further increases in global temperatures pose imminent and substantial threats to human health, the environment, the economy and national security; and

WHEREAS climate change poses an unacceptable risk of catastrophic impacts to human civilization and the health of the planet; and

WHEREAS the effects of climate change are felt most acutely by vulnerable groups, especially Indigenous Peoples, endangering the health, culture and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities; and

WHEREAS a commitment to fighting climate change is a concrete expression of reconciliation with Mother Earth; and WHEREAS the federal carbon pricing plan if implemented in Manitoba could generate over $200 million in new provincial carbon revenues in 2018, rising to over $1.2 billion in new carbon revenues by 2022 at present emission levels; and

WHEREAS protecting vulnerable workers and low income people as the economy transitions from being fossil-fuel dependent to one based on renewable resources must be a priority; and

WHEREAS it must be a priority to ensure that life is kept affordable for everyday Manitobans by ensuring food, transportation, home heating and fuel costs are kept at reasonable levels; and

WHEREAS there is an enormous and transformative opportunity to foster the proper conditions for the creation of new clean, green jobs for Manitobans; and

WHEREAS the Provincial Government’s rejection of a made in Manitoba cap and trade system will lead to the imposition of a federal carbon tax.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba urge the Provincial Government to use all carbon revenues to reduce climate emissions, create and provide training for new green jobs, enable workers to transition to the renewable economy, assist Manitobans with home heating costs until affordable green alternatives become available and foster other effective climate-specific programs that keep costs affordable for Manitobans.