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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dewar calls Harper's retrofits cuts irresponsible

Dewar calls Harper's retrofits cuts irresponsible
January 31st, 2012

Kamloops, BC - New Democrat Leadership candidate Paul Dewar is attacking Harper for pulling the plug on a program that helps families save money on their energy bills while helping the environment.

"Stephen Harper's lack of leadership at home and internationally in fighting climate change is irresponsible and reckless now and for future generations," said Dewar. "Programs that help families save money on energy bills and help the environment get killed to pay for more corporate tax cuts."

Retrofits are an affordable and effective way to improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Home retrofits have to date resulted in $25 billion in spinoff economic activity, tens of thousands of jobs for Canadians, and the elimination of 20 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Conservatives canceled the program while less than half of the budgeted $400 million was spent. Instead of a boom and bust approach that puts the industry and jobs at risk, it’s time to make a full fledged, permanent initiative to retrofit Canada to higher energy efficiency standards.

"Stephen Harper has broken his word and the trust of Canadians. As Prime Minister, I will boost energy efficiency to put money back into the pockets of consumers and create jobs in the residential and commercial retrofits industry," said Dewar. "As a first step, working with provinces, I will introduce a permanent Green Retrofits Fund for residential and commercial retrofit, which will provide much needed stability in the market."

"It’s time to end Stephen Harper's game and ensure Canada becomes a leader in this growing market," said Dewar.


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