MP Randall Garrison Calls for End to Fossil Fuel Subsidies

NDP Call on Liberals to Fund Renewable Energy, Not Buy Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project


 OTTAWA, ON- Today MP Randall Garrison (Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke) and the federal NDP brought forward a motion promoting government investments in clean, renewable energy and excoriating the Liberal Government for continuing to subsidize the fossil fuel industry. The Liberals committed to ending fossil fuel subsidies by 2025, but rather than taking action towards this goal, they recently decided to buy Kinder Morgan’s pipeline project at a total estimated cost to taxpayers of $15 billion dollars. In the motion put forward on Tuesday, June 12, Randall Garrison and the federal NDP call on the Liberal Government to show climate leadership by ending fossil fuel subsidies and instead investing in clean, renewable energy sources. 

In speaking to the motion, Randall Garrison pointed out that the renewable energy sector, including geothermal, solar, wind and green building, is already a major source of employment in BC. “While the Liberals are wasting tax dollars on fossil fuel subsidies, the renewable energy sector is not only already providing good quality long-term jobs but tangible solutions to climate change,” says Garrison. With federal government investments and support for workers to retrain, the NDP maintains that renewable energy is a viable alternative for job creation, economic prosperity, and a real action to address climate change.

In their motion, the New Democrats call on the Liberals to make good on their goal to end fossil fuel subsidies. Last month, the Auditor General found that the Liberals had yet to implement any plan to meet their goal of ending fossil fuel subsidies by 2025. The NDP’s motion calls on the government to halt the “spending [of] billions of public dollars on increasingly obsolete fossil fuel infrastructure and subsidies that increase greenhouse gas emissions and pollution and put Canadians’ health and Canada’s environment, coastlines, waterways, and wildlife, as well as Canada’s marine and tourism jobs at risk.”