March 28, 2019 – Vaughan, Ontario
MP Deb Schulte Hosts Climate Action Town Hall in Vaughan
Deb Schulte, MP held a town hall discussion on clean growth and climate change, where experts, Craig Stewart, Vice President of Federal Affairs, Insurance Bureau of Canada and Mark Winfield, Professor of Environmental Studies, York University discussed the impacts of climate change, the cost of inaction and the actions that are being taken by the Government of Canada to address climate change.
Our discussion focused on the areas of:
- The economic impacts of climate change and how extreme weather events have impacted individuals and communities resulting in escalating insurance claims and health care costs, and our mounting infrastructure deficit that is negatively impacting Canadians financially.
- The mechanisms for pricing carbon, their potential impacts on GHG emissions and how Canada’s carbon pricing system compares to others around the globe.
- The Government of Canada’s national plan to meet our emissions reduction targets, grow the economy, and build resilience in a changing climate environment. Highlights include a pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution and additional measures to achieve reductions across all sectors of the economy. The plan aims to drive innovation and growth by increasing investment in technology development and implementation to ensure Canadian businesses are competitive in the global low-carbon economy. The global market for low-carbon solutions is estimated to be $26 trillion and will create 65 million jobs.
The scientific evidence is clear: climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and is also one of the greatest opportunities. From increased incidence of droughts, fires, extreme heat events, to coastal flooding, to the expanding melt of sea ice in our Arctic and melting permafrost, the widespread impacts of climate change are compelling and require Canadians to take action. Together, we can all be part of the solution.
“The shift to a cleaner, greener future is already underway. Our plan will drive growth and ensure that Canada is well placed to seize the opportunities of the emerging, low-carbon economy for the benefit of families, communities and businesses while also ensuring a clean and sustainable future for our children.”
-Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue
- Canadians are already experiencing the cost of climate change, including droughts, floods, wildfires and extreme weather. These events driven by climate change are increasingly costly to clean up and devastating to the lives of Canadians; increasing infrastructure costs, straining our health care system and increasing pressure on our agricultural and forestry industries.
- A price on pollution is one of the most efficient tools to drive clean growth and cut carbon pollution. That is why carbon pricing is being adopted by countries around the world and is a part of Canada’s clean growth and climate plan.
- The global economy is shifting towards cleaner, more sustainable growth. The Government of Canada’s approach will ensure that Canadians are well placed to benefit from the opportunities created by that transition. Carbon pricing spurs innovation because the price signal it sends encourages businesses and households to increase efficiencies and to pollute less. Innovation is key to keeping Canada’s economy competitive.
- The Government of Canada has put a price on pollution while giving money directly back to Ontarians. For example, an average family of four will receive $307 through the Climate Action Incentive when they file their taxes.
- Putting a price on pollution is only one part of the Government of Canada’s plan to address climate change. The federal government is making critical investments to give Canadians cleaner choices, including: upgrading public transit systems, investing in the infrastructure to support low-emission vehicles, expanding energy efficiency programs, and providing historic investments in renewable energy.