NDP bill calls on Ford government to push public sector climate action - 2019-12-10
Ontario's sprawling public sector should be required to steadily curtail its greenhouse gas emissions until they reach net zero, the Opposition New Democrats say in draft legislation seen by National Observer on Tuesday.
The private member's bill calls for the province's electricity system, hospitals, schools and universities, municipalities, public housing and government vehicle fleets to be directed to cut emissions by at least five per cent a year under the terms of the proposed Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector Act, 2019. It would likely take two decades to achieve net zero under the plan.
The call for action comes a week after a scathing critique of the Doug Ford government's climate and environment policies from the province's auditor general, who said the Progressive Conservatives' plans were riddled with errors and omissions and insufficient to meet Ontario's 2030 emissions-reduction targets.