Bill C-232, The Climate Emergency Action Act, is a Private Member's bill Introduced by Leah Gazan during her first year in office that aims to recognize a safe, clean, and healthy environment as a human right. If passed, this piece of legislation will require the Government of Canada to take all measures necessary to ensure that Canada respects its commitments to uphold the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Bill C-232 requires that the climate emergency action framework be developed in consultation with indigenous peoples and civil society, with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) being the framework for its development. Bill C-232 is an important step toward a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.
In response to the climate emergency, it proposes an economic transition that builds a green economy while respecting human rights and upholding the right to a safe, clean, and healthy environment for all people who reside in Canada and beyond. You can see the full text of Bill C-232 here.
On December 4, 2020 Bill C-232 goes to Second Reading and will be debated in the House. A vote will follow sometime early in spring 2021. This a major opportunity for all of us to push for a Just Transition in Canada that brings workers along while honouring human rights. That's why Leah is asking all Canadians to sign this petition in support of the Climate Emergency Action Act.