According to The Star, the environment had become the number one concern ahead of the federal election in 2019. With this topic becoming more and more important to the general population, Canadian political parties have all established clear environmental plans to combat the challenge. As we all know, the Green party has been the biggest advocate of the environment, given the “Green” name. With that said, I will be evaluating the federal environmental plan of the Green party of Canada.
The entire plan is based around a 20-step action plan called “Mission: Possible” that has been released already. The platform says a Green government would pass into law a Climate Change Act that would require a 60-per-cent cut in emissions below 2005 levels by 2030, doubling the current 30 percent target. The platform offers a vision of a Canada in 2030 where homes and businesses are all powered by renewable energy, all new vehicles and public transit and passenger ferries are electric and most food is locally sourced. They would increase bus service to rural areas, purchase electric buses, make employer-provided bus passes tax-free and add to low-emissions transportation in cities such as bike lanes and pedestrian infrastructure.
This plan has presented a very perfect future for our country which may not be attainable in a single decade. Many of the 20 goals in the plan are out of reach which gives their plan less credibility. I did however admire the way they intend to include the nation as a whole to tackle the challenge. In the plan, they state: « 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. » This approach in my opinion helps unify the country over such a huge challenge as the one we’re facing. This plan gives us the sense of the magnitude of the changes we’d need to see in the foreseeable future to overcome climate change and to meet international goals.
Although the plan is very optimistic and has many positives to take away from it, Mission: Possible proposes a radical transformation of Canada’s economy in a frighteningly short period of time. The probability of these propositions becoming reality in 10 years is unfortunately very unrealistic. Although climate change is at crisis-level importance, Canada will not destroy its economy for the environment. We need to find the right balance between the two sides.
“Mission Possible.” Green Party of Canada, www.greenparty.ca/en/mission-possible. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.“Mission Possible.” Green Party of Canada, www.greenparty.ca/en/mission-possible. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.
Ballingall, Alex. “Environment Is Emerging as a Top Concern Ahead of the Federal Election, a New Poll Says.” Thestar.Com, 23 July 2019, www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2019/07/07/environment-is-emerging-as-a-top-concern-ahead-of-the-federal-election-a-new-poll-says.html.
Llana, Sara Miller. “Climate Is a Top Issue in Canada. Why Aren’t the Greens Doing Better?” The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Oct. 2019, www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2019/1003/Climate-is-a-top-issue-in-Canada.-Why-aren-t-the-Greens-doing-better.