MONTREAL — Responding to the announcement yesterday by Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, MP Laurel Collins and MP Taylor Bachrach that parties will work together to strengthen Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, the David Suzuki Foundation issued the following statement:

“It’s encouraging to see bipartisan co-operation to strengthen and pass climate accountability legislation for Canada,” said Sabaa Khan, the David Suzuki Foundation’s director general for Quebec and Atlantic Canada and climate portfolio lead. “Effective climate accountability legislation could mean that Canada never misses another emissions reduction target.”

“We are hopeful that Parliament will amend Bill C-12 to address shortcomings that we and others raised in our submissions. We are monitoring the bill’s progress and urge all parties to work together to strengthen and pass it before the House rises for the summer. We can’t allow partisan politics to derail climate action,” Khan said.

The House of Commons environment committee began considering amendments to Bill C-12 yesterday. The committee is scheduled to meet again on Monday, May 31.

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