Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for

Vancouver Quadra

Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for

Vancouver Quadra


MP Joyce Murray, Debate on the Paris Climate Change Framework – Greening Government – Oct 3 2016


Thank you, Mr. Speaker,

It is an honour for me to be engaged in this debate today. I also want to congratulate my colleague from Ottawa South for his leadership on the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy for many years, which is the organization that did the kinds of analyses that the Conservative member was talking about that showed that taking action on climate change would be positive for the economy as well as the environment.

What I would like to do next is thank the citizens of Vancouver Quadra for their commitment to action on climate change, and for their support for my various efforts on this to put this front and centre in the agenda of the government for the past eight years.

Vancouver Quadra is home to many pioneers who understand the challenge of climate change and commitment to solutions, whether they be the David Suzuki Foundation, which raises awareness, or professors who have researched this issue and spoken up, such as Dr. Bill Rees, who was the inventor of the concept of the carbon footprint, which is an environmental footprint, or the pioneers working on solutions with fuel cell batteries and other clean technologies, or the youth who have engaged in a number of organizations and gone door to door to raise the issue of climate change and the impacts on their generation, or the ordinary people in the street in Vancouver Quadra. This is a high priority in my riding.

In addition, it is an emotional day for me to rise in support of the important part our government has played in the Paris agreement as a problem solver with respect to climate, and as well to rise the day after our Prime Minister announced that our federal government would ensure there is a national price on carbon.

A carbon tax has been part of the lives of British Columbians for almost a decade. Our citizens are proud of it. They are proud that the emissions were driven down over a number of years by this carbon tax. They are very proud that our economy out performed the rest of Canada for most of those years. The carbon tax in British Columbia helped return the B.C. Liberal government to power for its third and fourth terms. This is something that has been proven elsewhere, and it is about time that Canada has a federal government that is prepared to move forward on it.

Comme vous le savez, nous nous sommes engagés au cours de la dernière campagne électorale à protéger l’environnement tout en stimulant l’économie.

Nous avons promis de jouer un rôle de leader à l’échelle nationale et de nous joindre aux provinces et aux territoires afin de prendre des mesures en matière de changements climatiques, de mettre un prix sur les émissions de carbone et de réduire la pollution causée par le carbone.

En fait, le premier ministre positionne le Canada pour qu’il soit un chef de file mondial dans ce domaine. 

Regardez ce que nous avons fait au cours de la dernière année.

  • En décembre, nous avons participé aux négociations sur la nouvelle entente historique sur le climat à la COP21 à Paris.
  • Le premier ministre a signé l’accord de Paris à New York lors du Jour de la Terre.
  • First Ministers committed to implement policies in support of meeting, or exceeding, Canada’s 2030 target of a 30% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels.
  • Five working Groups are helping build a framework and plan to turn this into a reality.
  • And at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa this summer, we made an extraordinary commitment. We pledged that by 2025, 100% of the electricity we use in the facilities of Public Services and Procurement Canada, one of the government’s largest real estate custodians, will come from clean energy sources!

On top of that, the Prime Minister committed to investing $20 billion more in green infrastructure over the next 10 years.

And in addition in our recent budget, almost $3.5 billion over 5 years was announced to address a range of climate issues, including air pollution and ecological protection, and to improve environmental assessment and restore public trust.

Nous faisons aussi des investissements pour aider le Canada à rattraper son retard dans l’économie mondiale des technologies propres :

  • 280 millions de dollars à l’appui du développement de technologies propres et de l’innovation dans ce secteur à l’échelle du Canada;  
  • 120 millions de dollars dans les réseaux de transport non polluants, les bornes de recharge et les stations de ravitaillement en carburant de remplacement;
  • $50 millions de dollars de plus pour le Fonds de technologies de Technologies du développement durable Canada;  
  • et 86 millions de dollars destinés à l’efficience énergétique et au développement de ressources énergétiques renouvelables.

Cela m’amène à parler de ce que nous faisons pour réduire les émissions de carbone produites par les activités du gouvernement.

Le gouvernement fédéral est le plus grand employeur, propriétaire et acheteur au pays et en tant que tel, il peut faire une réelle différence!

Et en mettant de l’ordre dans nos propres affaires, nous réaffirmons notre engagement dans la lutte contre le changement climatique à l’échelle mondiale.

Comme vous le savez, nous comptabilisons la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre que nous produisons et en rendons compte dans le cadre de la Stratégie fédérale de développement durable.

La version provisoire de la stratégie pour 2016-2019 nous presse de réduire les émissions provenant de nos installations et parcs de véhicules de 30 % sous les niveaux de 2005 d’ici 2030.

To help achieve these reductions, Budget 2016 announced we would invest up to $2.1 billion in repairs and retrofits to our wide range of properties and buildings, and the greening of government operations.

That includes improving military housing so badly needed, upgrading border infrastructure, and modernizing the generation of energy for marine communication and traffic services.

It also includes significant reductions in the carbon footprint and energy use of our buildings in the National Capital Region and elsewhere.

For example, Madam Speaker,

Public Services and Procurement Canada manages six heating and cooling plants that provide services to 85 buildings in the National Capital Region.

These plants currently generate an annual average of 117 kilotons of greenhouse gases emissions and they are in need of major updating.

Nous allons donc en profiter pour mettre en œuvre des technologies plus efficientes, qui réduiront nos coûts à long terme et nos émissions de plus de 45 dans l’avenir.

Cela nous permettra par ailleurs d’étudier l’idée d’utiliser la biomasse comme une source d’énergie de rechange, ce qui pourrait produire des résultats encore meilleurs.

In fact, when I spent a day learning about the emission reduction leadership at UBC, the University of British Columbia in my riding, I toured the new biomass- fueled power plant that is contributing to the university being on track to achieve its goal of 67% reduction of emissions by 2020.

Climate action is about reducing emissions, saving money, and creating jobs.

Mr. Speaker, I wrote my thesis on Global Warming 24 years ago. I helped build the foundation for BC’s climate action as the provincial environment minister for three years, and now I have the privilege of working on climate solutions in this Government.

I’m happy to say we’re creating a systematic plan to reduce the government’s own greenhouse gas emissions.

It means:

  • acquiring tools for improving the environmental performance of buildings, equipment and operations;
  • minimizing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions from the federal fleet;
  • and supporting green or low-carbon procurement.

And the plan could also include reducing the carbon footprint of employee activities like travel and commuting.

Our success depends on the collaboration of federal employees, and so we will be involving them, seeking their contribution so that they can bring their ideas forward. We will also study successes abroad and in other provinces.

Madam Speaker, we are working towards having a coordinated, ambitious approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the federal government and I ask Members to join us in working toward a clean, sustainable economy that is Canada’s future


Thank you.