National Assembly ready to take a green turn
The Speaker of the National Assembly, François Paradis, agrees to a request from the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) and lays the groundwork for a green shift.
M . Paradis has created a cross-party committee of MPs that will contribute, among other things, to the development of a new sustainable development policy. The policy of the National Assembly is 10 years old.
This standing committee will hold its first meeting next week, the Liberal environment and climate change critic, Marie Montpetit, said in an interview.
“I am very happy. […] I feel great listening, she said. What was important for me was that the National Assembly plays its exemplary role. We can not ask citizens to make efforts without the Assembly being exemplary. ”
M me Montpetit had written to Mr. Paradis on 30 April asking him to ensure the implementation of sustainable practices on the hill.
Among other things, it called on it to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to the Assembly’s activities, to reduce the production and unnecessary waste of millions of sheets of paper, and to ban coffee beakers in particular. for single use.
She felt that by doing so, the National Assembly would send a message to all organizations and citizens of Quebec to review their own practices.
Tuesday, the one who did her master’s degree in environmental sciences recalled that researchers believe that the situation is not irreversible.
“Everything will make a difference, be it small, medium or big,” she said, pointing out the irony of certain actions taken by the National Assembly.
“Last Thursday, it was the tabling of the report of the Commissioner for Sustainable Development which tells us:” There is more effort that can be made in sustainable development “. He comes to report on it, we are given the paper report on our offices while he is online, “she lamented.
“Less leaves, yes, it may look like a drop in the ocean, but it’s thousands of trees in the pay.
“The budget was the same, we received copies at our county offices, copies at our MP offices, copies in the House when it was tabled, but it could be on demand,” he said. the elected representative of the riding of Maurice-Richard.
The Parliamentary Committee on Sustainable Development will be composed of one representative from each party: Agnès Grondin (Coalition avenir Québec), Marie Montpetit (PLQ), Ruba Ghazal (Québec solidaire) and Sylvain Gaudreault (Parti Québécois).
The National Assembly has 700 administrative employees, as well as 125 deputies and about 500 political employees.