Earlier this week New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton threatened to introduce a non-confidence motion which almost surely would have passed if Prime Minister Stephen Harper didn't send the environmental bill to committee to be re-written. Facing almost certain defeat, Harper backed down and agreed to re-work the bill in committee. The NDP proposals have much more aggressive targets and focus more on green-house gas reductions. The Conservative proposal is more wide-ranging covering sulfur-dioxide, ozone and other pollutants but with much lower reductions. The NDP wants to base targets on scientific, economic and technological evidence while the Conservatives want to set targets in consultation with industry and the provinces.
[Source: Toronto Star via Hugg.com]