Angus named NDP critic for natural resources

By on October 30, 2021 0

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MP Charlie Angus (NDP – Timmins-James Bay) has been appointed party spokesperson for natural resources with a particular focus on jobs and the energy transition to come.

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“This move comes as Canada continues to miss internationally promised targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the New Democrats said in a statement announcing the appointment.

Angus said that a credible energy transition is the fundamental problem facing the Canadian economy.

“Canada’s resource policy not only hurts the planet, but also resource workers and communities,” he said. “The energy market is undergoing a radical shift from fossil fuels, and Canada must decide whether it will be a leader or a loser in this shift. We have a narrow window to make the necessary investments that will ensure that workers and regions are not left behind. This is not empty idealism; we are talking about the very future of the planet.

Based on his conversations with workers, Indigenous communities and industry experts, Angus said there are many opportunities to make a transition guided by Canadian skills and knowledge.

“What has been lacking so far is leadership at the federal level,” he said.

“There is no other jurisdiction in the world with greater potential to create renewable energy. I reach out to the new ministers of natural resources and the environment. Let’s do this job. But they need to know that I’ll be there to push relentlessly to make sure we put a credible plan in place. “