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Vote October 21st

Wondering where the candidates stand on climate change? So are we!

The Kingston Climate Hub is here to help you sort through the scientific jargon and political positioning.

Check out the links below for party positions on climate change. Reach out to your candidates and ask them where they stand.

Suggested Questions for Candidates:

1. Does your party believe that we must get to zero emissions by 2050?

2. Do you have a plan to get there?

3. What are the biggest barriers to achieving zero emissions?

4. What can I do to help?

Andy Brooke

People's Party of Canada

Phone - 613-777-3372 

Email - info@andybrooke.ca 

Office - 556 O'Connor Drive

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Barrington Walker

New Democratic Party (NDP)

Phone - (613) 549-2444 

Email - info@electbarringtonwalker.ca 

Office - 1724 Bath Rd, Unit 10

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Candice Christmas

Green Party

Phone - 613-544-8683

Email - candice.christmas@greenparty.ca

Office - 797 Princess Street

We asked Candice ...

  
1. Does your party believe that we must get to zero emissions by 2050?
The Green Party of Canada believes that we must, as a community of nations, ensure that global average temperature does not rise more than 1.5 degrees Celsius over pre-Industrial Revolution levels. The October 8, 2018 report of the United N ations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear that 2 degrees is far too dangerous. Somewhere below 2 degrees is the tipping point that plunges us into runaway global warming – a self-accelerating, irreversible spiral of positive feedback loops leading to the loss of our hospitable biosphere and the potential extinction of most species on earth, including us. Holding to 1.5 degrees is not negotiable. It is do or die.
There is good news.
1. The IPCC has determined that, with monumental effort, we can hold to 1.5 degrees;
2. Nothing prevents humanity from achieving that goal – other than the lack of political courage; and
3. We have already negotiated the legal framework to allow 190 countries to work together to do so.
The Paris Agreement – to which Canada and all nations on earth are legally committed – calls for holding the global average temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees.
The current extinction crisis is largely driven by changes created by global warming. Still, we must do more to protect all species on earth from extinction at our own hands. We need to change logging methods, protect marine areas and be more aggressive in planning species recovery.
Even though Canada currently has one of the worst records on earth for reducing greenhouse gases (GHG), we can still be the global leaders we must be. We can be an example to the world – a fossil fuel dependent country that plans and successfully executes the end of our dependence on fossil fuels. We can demonstrate leadership and press other countries to do more.
Canada’s contribution is the Green’s Climate Action plan called Mission: Possible.
  
2. If so, do you have a plan to get there and how will reductions be measured?
If Greens are elected in sufficient numbers to either form government or exert significant influence in a minority parliament, Green MPs will implement Mission Possible, a 20 point climate action plan.

  1. Declare      a Climate Emergency
         Accept, at every level of government, that climate is not an environmental      issue. It is the gravest security threat the world has ever seen.
  2. Establish      an inner cabinet of all parties
         Modelled on the war cabinets of Mackenzie King and Winston Churchill,      parties will work together to ensure that climate is no longer treated      like a political football. It requires all hands on deck.
  3. Set      stringent new targets (and subsequent measures)
         Establish our new target and file it as Canada’s Nationally Determined      Contribution with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: 60 per      cent GHG reductions against 2005 levels by 2030; zero emissions by 2050.
  4. Assume      leadership
         Attend the next climate negotiation in Chile this year and press other      countries to also double their efforts.
  5. Respect      evidence
         Restore funding of climate research within the Government of Canada and in      the network of universities that received financial support before 2011.
  6. Maintain      carbon pricing
         Revenue neutrality will be achieved through carbon fee and dividend and we      will eliminate all subsidies to fossil fuels.
  7. Ban      fracking
         No exceptions. It destroys ecosystems, contaminates ground and surface      water, endangers our health and it’s a major source of GHGs.
  8. Green      the grid
         By 2030, remove all fossil fuel generation from our national east-west      electricity grid.
  9. And      modernize the grid
         By 2030, rebuild and revamp the east-west electricity grid to ensure that      renewable energy can be transmitted from one province to another.
  10. Plug      in to EVs
         By 2030 ensure all new cars are electric. By 2040, replace all internal      combustion engine vehicles with electric vehicles, working with car makers      to develop EVs that can replace working vehicles for Canadians in rural      areas. Build a cross-country electric vehicle charging system so that      drivers can cruise from St. John’s, NL to Prince Rupert, B.C. – with      seamless ease.
  11. Get      Canada back on track
         Modernize VIA Rail, expand service and ensure trans-modal connections      across Canada to light rail and electric buses, so that no one in rural      and remote areas of Canada lacks efficient, affordable and safe public      transit.
  12. Complete      a national building retrofit
         Create millions of new, well-paying jobs in the trades by retrofitting      every building in Canada – residential, commercial, and institutional – to      be carbon neutral by 2030.
  13. Turn      off the tap to oil imports
         End all imports of foreign oil. As fossil fuel use declines, use only      Canadian fossil fuels and allow investment in upgraders to turn Canadian      solid bitumen into gas, diesel, propane and other products for the      Canadian market, providing jobs in Alberta. By 2050 (latest), shift all      Canadian bitumen from fuel to feedstock for the petrochemical industry.

It is important to note that the Green Party of Canada has a special strategy for fossil fuel workers that will see them upskilled to work in the new Green economy, and participate in innovative programs like converting old natural gas wells to geothermal, and cleaning up the tailing ponds left behind from bitumen extraction and processing. No Canadian will left behind.

  1. Switch      to bio-diesel
         Promote the development of local, small scale bio-diesel production,      primarily relying on used vegetable fat from restaurants. Mandate the      switch to bio-diesel for agricultural, fishing and forestry equipment.
  2. Create      new partnerships for renewables
         Form partnerships with Indigenous peoples, providing economic      opportunities by ramping up renewables on their lands. Harness abandoned      deep oil wells, wherever feasible, for geothermal energy, using workers      who drilled the wells to manage the renewable energy generation.
  3. Call      for all hands on deck
         Engage every municipality and community organization, as well as every      school and university to step up and plant trees, install solar panels,      heat pumps, assist in retrofitting buildings to maximize energy      efficiency.
  4. Prioritize      adaptation
         Invest significant resources in adaptation measures to protect Canadian      resource sectors such as agriculture, fishing and forestry from the      ravages of climate change. Review all infrastructure investments for      adaptation to climate change. Map flood plains, tornado corridors and      other areas of natural vulnerability and adjust land use plans accordingly.
  5. Change      planes
         Cancel the purchase of F35s and buy more water bombers to protect      communities from forest fires. Cut standing dead timber to establish fire      breaks and save lives.
  6. Curtail      the “other” GHG sources
         Address the fossil fuel use that falls outside the Paris Agreement –      emissions from international shipping, aviation and the military.
  7. Restore      carbon sinks
         Launch a global effort to restore carbon sinks, focusing on replanting      forests and restoring the planet’s mangrove forests as quickly as possible.

We will engage in meaningful nation-to-nation relations with Indigenous peoples and ensure that all levels of government – federal, provincial/territorial, municipal and Indigenous (FN, Métis and Inuit) – are involved in setting high-level national goals. They have been stewards of the Earth, Waters and Sky before our arrival to Turtle Island. Settlers have much to learn from Indigenous Peoples about valuing the natural world in which we live. 
3. What are the biggest barriers to achieving zero emissions?
The lobby power of major trans-national corporations in the fossil fuel and industrial agriculture industries is formidable. However, the Green Party of Canada will end all federal subsidies and tax cuts to the fossil fuel industry and industrial agriculture. That means that these heavy-polluting industries will have to stand on their own two feet. We know that bitumen extraction, for example, is currently not market viable without the subsidies that Big Oil companies receive. So they will have to innovate or perish. 
The costs to municipalities to electrify public and private transportation are formidable. The Greens will assist in this much needed endeavour, moving away from the combustion engine to electric and hydrogen. 
The costs of retrofitting buildings to net zero emissions are prohibitive to homeowners, landlords and institutions, yet this is a win-win for the environment, as well as reducing energy poverty. The Greens will invest heavily in Green retrofits, which is turn, is projected to create millions of good Green jobs across our country, upwards of 25,000 here in Kingston & The Islands alone.  
Greens will work with the construction industry and the insurance industry to develop new building codes that ensure energy efficiency for new builds. 
4. What can individuals do to help?
Switching to an electric vehicle and retrofitting one’s home is a win-win in terms of reducing GHG emissions, but also saving money over time. However, the Green appreciate that not all households have the means to do so and we will help with that. 
Leaving the car at home and taking public transportation makes a significant difference in lowering GHGs. It also reduces traffic congestion and commuting time. When travelling long distances, take VIA Rail when you can. It’s far more relaxing than driving. 
Unplug at home when items aren’t being used and switch to high-energy efficient appliances. In particular, get rid of that old refrigerator in the basement!
Eat less meat, and when you grocery shop, try to buy locally raised or grown products as much as possible. The carbon footprint of getting food to market from far away places is significant. 
Pay attention when you shop. Avoid buying single use plastic products, products with Styrofoam packaging, etc. In general, try to buy products that are built to last. 
Get active in your community. Support local environmental protests like Fridays for the Future (every Friday 10 am to 2 pm in front of City Hall). Show alllevels of government that you demand climate action.
Most importantly, get out and vote, and vote for the Party that has the most robust climate action plan. The time is now… Vote Green. In Kingston & The Islands, vote Christmas!

Mark Gerretsen

Liberal Party

Phone - 613-507-6275 

Email - info@markgerretsen.ca

Office - 920 Princess St, Unit 120

We asked Mark ...

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Ruslan Yakoviychuk

Conservative

Phone - 343-884-5505

Email - Click here for contact form

Office - 1730 Bath Road

We asked Ruslan ...

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