Mission Possible: 20 Steps for SMART Climate Action
On May 8, 2019, the Green Party of Canada announced Mission Possible, a 20 step climate action plan that starts with declaring a climate emergency. The second step is for an inner cabinet of all parties to provide government leadership to deal with the declared emergency. A non-partisan cabinet was successful in both Canada and England during the Second World War. Climate change is an enduring and complex problem which requires long term planning and full collaboration across party lines.
Meanwhile, in Ottawa, that same month, the Liberal majority defeated an NDP motion to declare a climate emergency. The next day, the Liberals brought forward their own motion to declare a climate emergency. Within hours, the Liberals also approved the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion. Andrew Scheer has not yet announced a policy on climate change but has been quoted by Maclean’s magazine: “It is bad, and we’ll find a way to do our part.” There appears to be potential for consensus but no concerted, collaborative effort….yet.
As I write this blog, the election has not yet officially begun. Yet, there seems to be plenty of jostling for votes. The traditional parties are making promises as usual: promises that are vague and conditional upon getting a majority in the House of Commons. The Green Party, true to our commitment to do politics differently, has built Mission Possible on a platform of collaboration. The promise is attainable and accountable. If sufficient Green Party members are elected to the House of Commons to form or influence a minority government, the Green Party Mission Possible is ready for all-party collaboration to achieve Canadian non-partisan government leadership so that Canada can meet our commitments from the Paris Accord. Remember that Mike Schreiner (Green MPP facing a Conservative majority government) was successful in securing unanimous support at Queen’s Park for Bill 71, Paris Galt Morraine Conservation Act.
There are 20 steps and each step meets the criteria of a SMART goal: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-limited. The Action Plan will be fully costed. What this means is that Mission Possible is an action plan which Canadians can afford that provides a comprehensive blueprint for government leadership on an international crisis. And, the plan offers complete and comprehensive accountability so that it will be easy to know if the goals for the 20 steps are achieved on schedule. Mission Possible meets or exceeds the standards set by the “people’s platform” of the Canadian Green New Deal. When it comes to climate action, we need to be SMART.
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