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“Stéphane, The NDP Got It Done”

March 29, 2007

Today, we have another example of the NDP getting things done that Canadians care about: getting amendments passed to the Clean Air Act which actually make the thing useful for improving the environment. The amendments are below:

  • Short-, medium- and long-term greenhouse gas targets. DONE
  • Earlier deadline for regulating the industrial sector. DONE
  • A hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions from big polluters. DONE
  • Leading and mandatory standards for smog-producing “air contaminants”. DONE
  • Leading vehicle fuel efficiency standards. DONE
  • A cap and trade carbon market. DONE
  • Eliminate subsidies to oil and gas sector. Cons, Libs & Bloc Ruled Out of Order
  • Protected gov’t authority to regulate air pollutants and greenhouse gases. DONE
  • Effective provincial equivalency rule. DONE
  • Authority to designate “significant areas” for environmental protection. DONE
  • Programs reviewed annually. DONE
  • Building retrofit fund. DONE

11/12 amendments ain’t bad at all. To be honest, I can see why the removing the oil and gas subsidy was out of order: it really does not sound like it would be in the scope of the bill.

“That’s Not Fair!”

As some Liberals might say. “We voted for the amendments”. That may be true, but none of the Liberals actions got us to that point – it was the blood, sweat and tears of the NDP that did.

“Do You Think It’s Easy To Try To Make Amendments?”

Maybe next time Liberals should actually try to do something instead of trying to using everything as fodder to be thrown out at the next election. Oh, and don’t try to pretend otherwise: we remember all of the comments a few months ago.

Categories: Federal, NDP
  1. janfromthebruce
    March 29, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    lest we forget!

  2. janfromthebruce
    March 29, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    good post. good link to Erin’s piece. Nothing like saying it how it is. Progressives can work across difference when they want do. Heavy on the ‘want.’

  3. March 29, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Maybe next time Liberals should actually try to do something instead of trying to using everything as fodder to be thrown out at the next election.

    Honestly, you’re going to say that after making comments like

    “That’s Not Fair!”


    “Do You Think It’s Easy To Try To Make Amendments?”

    I mean, really? Go ahead and try to claim the victory, we can debate that but power to you. But to tut tut Liberals for using everything as fodder… while your entire most is using it as fodder too?

    Alanis would love the irony… 🙂

  4. Northern BC Dipper
    March 29, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    BCer in Toronto,

    Uh, you forgot to put in the title. The sequence goes like this.

    “Stéphane, The NDP Got It Done”
    “That’s Not Fair!”
    “Do You Think It’s Easy To Try To Make Amendments?”

    It was my way of injecting some humour into a post that has been repeated 50,000,000 times already.

  5. March 29, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    There were 50 amendments NBC… and the Liberals got a fair # of theirs implemented in this bill as well In fact, a fair chunk of Stephane’s platform that he laid out a week or 2 ago is in there. The BQ had a few amendments too.. so its a victory for all 3 opposition parties.

  6. Northern BC Dipper
    March 29, 2007 at 6:33 pm


    That’s fair enough.

    But it was the NDP that suggested the formation of a special committee at the beginning. It was the NDP that continued on with it while Dion and Ignatieff were calling it not useful and accused the NDP of being in bed with the Conservatives (see the final link in my post).

    So I’d guess the NDP is the reason why we are talking about it. Because the other parties just wanted nothing to be done so that the issue could be used to score political points during an election.

  7. March 29, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    I am quite pleased with the NDP’s performance in this matter (I wrote my own post about this earlier today: http://www.wernerpatels.com/musings/2007/03/ndp_victory_on_.html).

    It’s about getting something done, rather than whining about it all the time (i.e., Dion). Sure, all the opposition parties were involved in the process, but it was the NDP’s amendments that made the difference in the end.

    No wonder Canadians think that Layton is a better leader than Dion (most recent Leger poll), because he is.

  8. March 30, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Nice points. Kudos. The NDP did get everything done on this-even working around “One of the Liberal amendments introduced Thursday said to be about 3,000 words long” (cbc.ca).

    And to give another lovely liberal quote:

    “This is an onerous process.”-Liberal MP David McGuinty, a Parliamentary Committee member, when asked by CBC about why the liberal changes to bill C-30 were brought forward so late.

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