Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Conservative Party of Canada's environmental policies consistent

The Conservative Party of Canada's environmental policies under the Harper Regime are consistent with what the FDA auditors saw in the party's environmental policies in the 2010 federal election: short sighted, narrow, and lack of interest. Also, the Conservative Party of Canada never ran on a policy of pulling out of the Kyoto Accord, nor did the Conservative Party consult the Canadian people via referendum on such a significant issue.

The Harper Regime without the consent of the Canadian people has pulled Canada out of the Kyoto Accord, slashed the operating budget of Environment Canada, and has laid off and silenced many of Environment Canada's scientists. (Please see one source of many below.)

In the 2010 federal election, the Conservative Party of Canada received 39.6 percent of the votes of those Canadians who voted, and 24.3 percent support overall from all Canadian voters. Yet, through the federal election laws, which the Conservative Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada created over the last several decades, the Conservative Party of Canada received 54.7 percent majority of the Canadian Parliament. (In Canada currently, the majority of the members of parliament create Canada's federal electoral laws despite a clear conflict of interest.)

In the 2010 FDA Canadian Federal Election audit, FDA auditors gave the Conservative Party of Canada's environmental policies a score of 20 percent out of 100 percent. FDA auditors assessment of the Conservative Party of Canada's environmental policies are as follows:

"Conservative Party of Canada’s policies lack progressive vision, and they are contradictory by promoting more intrusion into the environment via snowmobile trails and increasing landowner rights. The score of 20 percent is justified by the fact that the Conservatives support two new national parks."
From the 2010 FDA Canadian Federal Election Audit Report, the Conservative Party of Canada's policy platform on the environment is as follows:


We will conserve and protect our environment. We will work toward an agreement with provincial, regional, municipal, Aboriginal, and community stakeholders to establish a National Conservation Plan; facilitate the creation of new protected areas, National Parks, and National Marine Conservation Areas; make the land between protected areas more permeable to wildlife, and expand the use of digital and multimedia technologies to help connect Canadians to nature; and strengthen our efforts to restore degraded ecosystems
and reintroduce native species.

We will invest in the creation of Mealy Mountains National Park, in Newfoundland and Labrador.

We will also take action toward the establishment of a new National Park in the Rouge Valley, in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area. In establishing this new National Park, we will work toward an agreement with provincial, regional, municipal, Aboriginal, and community stakeholders. We will ensure that the rights and interests of farmers in the region are fully protected. We will also ensure that communities in the region remain free to address their infrastructure needs.


We must take action to protect endangered species. But all too often decisions have been made without input from the Canadians most directly affected, who have unique expertise in the conservation of our natural heritage.

We will establish a Hunting Advisory Panel, reporting to the Minister of the Environment, comprised of representatives of provincial and territorial hunters and anglers associations, to ensure government decisions are based on solid science and balanced advice.


Property rights were omitted in drafting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, however, leaving landowners without appropriate protection against unfair restrictions on the use and enjoyment of their property. Species at Risk Act provides for compensation for land-use restrictions intended to protect the habitats of endangered species, in practice compensation is virtually never granted.

We will strengthen the rights of landowners, by reviewing the Species at Risk Act with a view to ensuring that when compensation is owed, compensation will be paid.


We will build on the accomplishment of improving 500 trails, through additional funding for upgrades and new trails.

The Conservative Party of Canada's policies on energy, which the Conservative Party received a 20 percent score out of 100 percent, are as follows:


Stephen Harper’s Government will continue supporting clean energy initiatives, to protect our environment and improve the quality of the air we breathe. We will support economically viable clean energy projects that will assist regions and provinces in the replacement of fossil fuel with renewable fuel sources. The criteria for
our support of a project will be whether it has a national or regional significance; has economic and financial merit and will significantly reduce greenhouse emissions.

In addition to the criteria noted above, our support for any clean energy project will be based on the principles of respect and equitable treatment for all regions of the country. We will also continue taking action on climate change we have a climate change plan, and it is working. As part of our ongoing efforts we will make new investments to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – including an extension of the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes program. We will also provide additional support for research and development in clean energy and energy efficiency.


Will allow the Government of Quebec to explore development of the Old Harry oil & gas field in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The result will be long-term job creation and economic growth in the regions of Quebec. We will implement the accord on Quebec’s offshore resources, by tabling the necessary legislation in Parliament.

FDA auditors assessment of the Conservative Party of Canada's energy policies are:

"Conservative Party of Canada’s policies are extremely vague and narrow. The score of 20 percent is justified on grounds of a few specifics such as the ecoEnergy Retrofit-Homes Program and development of Quebec’s offshore resources."

Harper Regime silences Environment Canada's scientists

2010 FDA Canadian Federal Election Audit Report

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