Hon. Stéphane Dion (Leader of the Opposition, Lib.) :
Mr. Speaker, there is no reason to postpone the regulations that should have been done a year ago.
Goldman Sachs said worldwide green investment opportunities have increased sevenfold, by 700% over the past three years. Canadians need to get our full share of this growing, multibillion dollar market.
Instead of deprecating the global fight against climate change as a job-killing, economy-destroying, money-sucking, socialist plot, will the Prime Minister now concede that smart, prompt action on climate change must become a positive driver of Canadian economic growth and competitiveness?
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Hon. John Baird (Minister of the Environment, CPC) :
Mr. Speaker, I think that was an excellent description of the previous Liberal government. Let me say to the Leader of the Opposition, he says we should have acted one year ago, I say he should have acted 10 years ago.
The Leader of the Opposition can quote Goldman Sachs. I can quote someone speaking about Canada's environmental role in the world:Canada once again is providing leadership in the world, fighting above its weight class and showing moral authority to the rest of the world. That is what Canada is known for.
Who said that yesterday? Al Gore.