September 25th, 2020
Motion M-50: Renewable Canada
MP Randall Garrison's Motion to Establish a Crown Corporation Called Renewable Canada
On September 25, I tabled Motion M-50, a motion to establish a Crown Corporation called Renewable Canada which would facilitate and accelerate Canada’s transition to renewable energy, while ensuring that oil and gas workers and their communities are supported. My NDP colleagues and I have long called for an immediate end to fossil fuel subsidies, and I believe that Renewable Canada could ensure that we reinvest these subsidies into renewable energy effectively. We must take action now before our GHG emissions lock in runaway climate change.
As Canada moves to recover from the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have a crucial opportunity to invest in Canada’s long-term economic and environmental needs, while supporting hardworking Canadians. The case for investing in renewable industry has never been clearer: Renewable industry directly employs significantly more people per dollar of output than its non-renewable counterparts in oil, coal and gas.
Oil and gas workers in Alberta, Northern BC, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador are ready to get to work on renewables. These workers are highly skilled at drilling, exploration, geology and welding, all vital assets to renewable industries such as geothermal and wind. The willingness for a transition is also present, with a 2016 survey finding 91% of oil workers supported creating more jobs in renewable energy. Opportunities to create good jobs in renewable energy exist in nearly every community all across the country.
Canada currently spends $600 Million dollars every year on fossil fuel subsidies and has continued with the $12.6 Billion-dollar expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. That is money wasted on industries that are no longer economically or environmentally viable. Plus dollar for dollar spent many more jobs are created by investing in renewable energy than in fossil fuels.
Canada’s transition to a green economy is not an issue of if but when. Now is the time for Canada to invest in renewables for the benefit of our economy, our workers, and our environment. I am hopeful that the House of Commons will vote in favour of Motion M-50, and we can move forward supporting a transition to renewable energy for workers and the planet.
Thank you for your support.
Randall Garrison, MP
M-50 — September 24, 2020 — Mr. Garrison (Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should: (a) create a new Crown corporation called Renewable Canada to accelerate job creation for the economic recovery as well as the necessary transition to renewable energy, by building new geothermal, solar, wind, and tidal power projects, prioritizing projects in Northeast British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador where new transitional jobs are most needed and where the energy worker skill base already exists; and (b) fund this corporation from the savings gained from ending fossil fuel subsidies.