November 17, 2010 14:20 ET

WWF-Canada Available for Comment on Climate Change Bill Voted Down by Senate

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2010) - Today, the Canadian Senate killed the NDP climate change bill that was passed by the House of Commons. A snap vote was called on Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act introduce by Bruce Hyer of Thunder Bay-Superior North.

In Canada, greenhouse gas emissions have gone up by 30% since 1990. The bill called for federal regulations to bring these emission 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and to set a long-term target to bring emissions 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

"We are very disappointed that Bill C-331 has been voted down," said Josh Laughren, Director, Climate Change, WWF-Canada. "It is another worrying signal that this government is not ready to act on climate change, and raises the question: if they can't support a modest step forward like this bill, what is Canada's plan heading into COP 16 in Cancun?"

Zoe Caron, Climate Policy and Advocacy Specialist for WWF-Canada will be onsite and available for comment at the upcoming COP 16 meeting in Cancun.

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