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Climate bill should live

Canada
Ottawa Citizen
22/11/2010
Devon Paige Willis

There are two very important problems with the recent Senate overturn of Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act.

First, the Senate is supposed to act in sober second thought. When senators killed Bill C-311 last Tuesday, they were strictly following the orders of the prime minister. Bill C-311 was a small, but important, step toward mitigating climate change domestically. It would have committed the Canadian government to emission reductions of 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. Prime Minister Harper has once more eliminated this attempt, which is among the least ambitious of OECD countries. If he were really concerned about Canadians, he would respect the decisions made in the democratically elected House.

Second, politics in Canada is a game: If you leave your players at home, or if nearly half of them don't show up, the Opposition will call a surprise vote and kill a bill that was democratically passed in the House of Commons. In short, if you don't show up, the other team wins. In this case, however, Canadians lose.

The Conservatives did not want this bill to become law, and they strategically called a surprise vote, undermining the democratic process while the Liberals were not even in the Senate to vote.

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