NDP Environment critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) made the following statement on Earth Hour:
“Each of us can make simple changes to reduce our energy use and help build a sustainable future.
“Tonight New Democrats will join millions of people around the world to mark Earth Hour. In over 120 countries, 24 time zones and on six continents, people will come together as a global community to raise awareness about climate change through the individual action of turning the lights off for one hour.
“Like many Canadians, New Democrats understand that climate change threatens both our environment and our economy.
“Tom Mulcair’s NDP is the only party with a plan to protect the environment and grow the economy. We are the only party with strong, effective legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“On three separate occasions we introduced The Climate Change Accountability Act, which sets out real action to reduce emissions and combat climate change. Although it was killed by a surprise election, then by the unelected Conservative-dominated Senate, we re-introduced this legislation just last month to continue to tackle climate change.
“It’s our turn to choose the legacy we want to leave for future generations and it’s clear that Canadians are engaged. By turning out the lights and holding Earth Hour events we are choosing hope and taking action for a cleaner, greener, more sustainable energy future.”