Pallister Government’s Failure to Sign on to National Climate Accord A Lost Opportunity to be a Leader, Reduce Emissions, Create Green Jobs

The NDP is calling on the Pallister government to stop dragging its heels and sign on to the national climate change agreement before it loses out on millions in federal funding earmarked for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Ottawa has made it clear that Manitoba must sign on before the end of this year or we risk losing an estimated $66 million that would help the province reduce emissions and create green jobs,” said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer. “Pallister’s negotiating games with the federal government may cost Manitoba businesses and consumers millions.”

Pallister Government Shutters Green Manitoba, Leaving Environmental Future of Province in Doubt

On the cusp of Earth Day, the Pallister government has quietly shut down Green Manitoba Eco Solutions, an agency that worked with communities to deliver programs and information to help preserve and protect the environment and keep waste out of landfills.

“The Pallister government needs to be open about why it’s shutting down this agency,” said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer. “At a time when it’s more important than ever to preserve our environment, is this a sign the government no longer wants to invest in the future of our children?”

Pallister Government Would put Families at Risk by Ending Ban On Potentially Harmful Pesticides

The Pallister government may be putting families at risk with proposed legislation that could see the end of the ban on some pesticides for cosmetic purposes, said NDP Environment Critic Rob Altemeyer.

“The government has failed to provide any new scientific evidence to justify removing the ban on the use of pesticides for purely cosmetic purposes,” Altemeyer said. “In contrast to consultation with experts and scientific evidence, the government is basing this move on a poorly constructed survey and is refusing to release the results of their supposed consultation with Manitobans.”