Will Amos consults on climate change

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Allyson Beauregard

PONTIAC – On September 6 and 7, Pontiac MP Will Amos held two public forums on climate change. The forums were part of a broader series of 13 town hall meetings designed to consult with citizens in his riding regarding a variety of issues such as electoral reform, Canada Post, agriculture, access to
high-speed internet, and more. 

Allyson Beauregard

PONTIAC – On September 6 and 7, Pontiac MP Will Amos held two public forums on climate change. The forums were part of a broader series of 13 town hall meetings designed to consult with citizens in his riding regarding a variety of issues such as electoral reform, Canada Post, agriculture, access to
high-speed internet, and more. 
The first meeting was held at St. Elizabeth Church in Cantley and was attended by about 20 people. Special guest Benoit Delage, Director of the Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais (CREDDO), began the evening with a speech about the importance of the public expressing their views to federal elected officials.
Over 50 people attended the second meeting in Gatineau at Darcy McGee High School, which began with a presentation by Guillaume Lavoie, Councillor for the City of Montréal in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, regarding collaborative economics and the impact on climate change.
 During both meetings, Amos questioned the public on the same topics: solutions that should be priorities for government, businesses and communities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG); means of stimulating the economy and creating jobs while reducing GHG emissions; means of promoting GHG innovations and technologies; and actions Canadians can take to better adapt to the impacts of climate change and support affected communities.
Amos submitted all suggestions and comments raised during the consultations to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. The long list of suggestions included: subsidizing electric transportation; introducing a tax for higher fuel consumption vehicles as well as second vehicles; properly enforcing building codes; ceasing funding and support for the oil industry; and developing a network to disperse clean, hydroelectric energy across the country.  
Due to the success of the two meetings, a third meeting on the same topic has been added to the schedule: noon on September 28,
at the Gabrielle Roy Campus of the Cégep de l’Outaouais in Gatineau. Amos’ next forum, excluding the third meeting on climate change, will be held in Maniwaki on October 3 where the economy and social development will be discussed.