Climate Change at the Top of Donnelly's Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 8, 2009

CLIMATE CHANGE AT THE TOP OF DONNELLY`S AGENDA

OTTAWA– Today in the House of Commons, newly elected New Democrat Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) used his first statement to address the climate change crisis.

"This is a historic week in world history. Leaders from across the globe are converging on Copenhagen to discuss the state of our climate`, said Donnelly. "The decisions we make today will be remembered. The impacts felt by generations to come".

Today is day two of the Copenhagen Climate Conference, where world leaders are meeting to establish a new climate protocol to succeed Kyoto – which expires in 2012.

"This government must step up and commit to reduce green house gas emissions to 25% below 1990 levels in the next decade and 80% by 2050", said Donnelly.

The New Democrat Climate Change Accountability Act (C-311), passed through the House Environment Committee today. The Bill commits Canada to the above targets.

Donnelly is calling on the government to implement a plan that includes tough legislative measures to meet these targets. "The future of our planet depends on it".

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For more information, please contact: Brynn Bourke, Fin Donnelly`s Office – 613-851-4699