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In the House with Hajdu: Climate Change is here -- We need to be ready

Wildfires remain a serious threat, and heat-related illness is a huge risk for vulnerable populations.
Patty Hajdu
Ministers hold the daily press conference, during the corona virus crisis, in West Block of Parliament, in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday April 2nd, 2020. Les ministres tiennent la conférence de presse journalière, pendant la crise mondiale du coronavirus, au bloc ouest du parlement, à Ottawa en Ontario, le jeudi 2 mars 2020.
Canada broke heat records three days in a row, each one hotter than the day before, in Lytton, British Columbia in June. Wildfires remain a serious threat, and heat-related illness is a huge risk for vulnerable populations. Climate change is here, it’s real, and we need to push together more than ever to protect our communities, our forests and wildlife and our food supply from longer and hotter summer months.
Under our government, our country has made enormous strides over the past few years. We’re not just meeting our Paris Agreement targets -- we’re soaring past them with a 40-45 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, below 2005 levels. And we’re using this opportunity to stimulate the economy and put more money in your pocket. 
With our plan, protecting our climate goes hand-in-hand with making life more affordable. The Climate Action Incentive increases the size of your tax return and is paid for by big polluters. The Incentive gets you $300 back on your taxes, plus $150 for a spouse, plus $75 for qualified dependents, plus an extra 10 per cent in our region to help with the extra costs of rural living. 
We have accomplished a lot in the six years since we formed government, after a deadly decade of inaction. Canadians expect their governments to do everything possible to protect our environment for the generations to come. In Northwestern Ontario, we are not afraid of hard work. So I know we can do more together.  
 As always, if you need any help, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office by phone or email. Stay safe, and I’ll see you in the community this summer. 

Patty Hajdu is the Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North
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