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article imagePoll: Harper out of step with Canadians on climate change

By KJ Mullins     Nov 18, 2010 in Environment
When it comes to climate change the Harper Government and the people of Canada are on different sides of the issue, according to an Environics Research poll.
One thousand Canadians were polled from October 27 to November 1 2010 via telephone by Environics Research. According to most Canadians (80 per cent) consumerism is one of the root causes of climate change and that nations that are produce the most greenhouse gases bear the most responsibility to reduce emissions. The poll also found that too much focus is put on economic growth.
"The results indicate Canadians understand that the climate crisis requires a change in economic, social, and environmental priorities. If Canadians were deciding our climate policy we would be following a very different path," says Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner, Council of Canadians in a press release.
Over 70 percent of Canadians are in favor of redirecting military spending towards reducing greenhouse emissions. Canadians also support the idea of a World Climate and Justice Tribunal to judge and penalize countries and corporations whose actions have contributed climate change.
Eighty percent of Canadians believe that the government should invest in green jobs. They think that there should be transition programmes for those affected negatively by the shift to green energy from fossil fuels.
"In sharp contrast to the polling results, the Canadian government continues to justify its inaction on climate change by asserting its need to be in lock-step with Washington," says Donald Lafleur, 4th National Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, which passed the House of Commons last May, was defeated in the Senate two days ago.
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