Leap Manifesto Consultation
The NDG-Westmount riding association is undertaking a consultation of its members regarding the Leap Manifesto. Members are encouraged to contribute to this online forum and participate in one or more (depending on interest) meetings to be scheduled in the coming months by providing their thoughts on:
- Alignment with current NDP policy
- Feasibility of an economy based on 100% renewables
- A ban on pipelines and phasing out oil production
- Indigenous people, housing, social policy and infrastructure
Background information about the Leap Manifesto and Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions can be found below.
The Leap Manifesto was released in September 2015 in the midst of the federal election campaign as a nonpartisan political and social initiative. During the lead-up to the NDP convention in April 2016, several riding associations drafted resolutions urging the party to adopt the manifesto as part of its policy. Resolution 2-5-16 encourages riding associations to discuss the manifesto and suggest modifications as part of a pre-convention policy process leading up to the 2018 convention.
The Leap Manifesto
The Leap Manifesto asserts that:
● Canada’s record on climate change is a crime against humanity’s future;
● A shift from fossil fuels to 100% of electricity generation from renewables within 20 years and a completely green economy by 2050 is technically possible;
● Austerity is a fossilized form of thinking and “public scarcity” is a manufactured crisis.
The manifesto calls for:
● No new infrastructure projects including pipelines;
● High speed rail and public transit powered by renewables;
● Universal program to build energy-efficient home and retrofit existing housing;
● Training for workers in carbon-intensive industries to assist in the transition to a low-carbon economy and expanding existing low-carbon sectors of the economy, such as caregiving, teaching, social work, the arts and public-interest media
● An end to all trade deals “that interfere with our attempts to rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive projects.”
● Financing through an end to fossil fuel subsidies, financial transaction taxes, increased resource royalties, higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy, progressive carbon tax, and cuts military spending
Some Facts about Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Canada is responsible for 1.6% of global GHG emissions:
Nevertheless, Canada is one of the world’s highest per-capita emitters:
Canada’s GHG emissions by economic sector (2014):
The oil and gas sector accounts for about 0.5% of global GHG emissions.
Canada’s GHG trends including Paris agreement: