Transcript: Climate Watch Shorts: Conservative roots | May 18, 2017

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A black spinning globe appears next to the caption "TVO Climate Change Shorts."

A caption reads "Nam Kiwanuka. Climate Watch Shorts host."

Nam has curly brown hair and wears glasses and a gray parka.

Nam says WELCOME TO CLIMATE
WATCH SHORTS
WHERE WE EXAMINE
THE LOCAL IMPACT
OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
CANADIAN CONSERVATIVES
ARE STRUGGLING
WITH HOW TO DISCUSS
CLIMATE CHANGE.
SOME DENY IT'S
A REAL PROBLEM,
WHILE OTHERS
ACCEPT THE SCIENCE
BUT ARE TRYING TO FIND A
CONSERVATIVE SOLUTION.
WE LOOK AT HOW THE
ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE
IS BEING ADDRESSED.

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Images of a snowmobile trail appear.

The caption changes to "Michael Chong. Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills."

Michael is in his forties, with short straight brown hair. He wears blue trousers, a pale blue shirt and a blue sweater.

Michael says WE HAD
A SNOWMOBILE TRAIL
THAT USED TO RUN
THROUGH OUR FARM.
IT WAS CALLED THE SPEED
RIVER SYSTEM TRAIL.
AND IT WAS
REGULARLY USED.
IT'S NOT AS PREVALENT
AS IT ONCE WAS
BECAUSE THERE'S NOT
AS MUCH SNOW COVER,
MOST WINTERS.
IT'S 7C, 8C
DEGREES OUT TODAY,
SO THIS IS UNUSUAL COMPARED
TO 30, 40 YEARS AGO WHEN
TEMPERATURES WOULD REMAIN
CONSISTENTLY BELOW ZERO
THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE
MONTH OF JANUARY.
CONSERVATIVES LONG HAD
A PROUD TRADITION
ON ENVIRONMENTAL
LEADERSHIP.
WE'VE LOST THAT POSITION OVER
THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS,
AND I THINK WE NEED
TO RECLAIM IT.

A caption reads "Conservative Roots. Bringing climate change policy back to the table."

Michael says I GREW UP IN RURAL ONTARIO
ON A DIRT SIDE ROAD
AND UNDERSTOOD HOW
BEAUTIFUL THIS LAND IS,
HOW RICH IS, AND HOW
WE NEED TO PROTECT IT
FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
I WORKED FOR FIVE YEARS AS A
FARMHAND AND DISKED FIELDS,
BALED HAY, BIRTHED CALVES.
SO, I DEVELOPED A DEEP
ATTACHMENT TO THE LAND
ON WHICH WE LIVE.

Michael enters a barn and gets on a tractor and picks up a roll of hay.

Michael says FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS,
I'VE BELIEVED
THAT CLIMATE
CHANGE IS SERIOUS
AND WE NEED TO ACT TO
REDUCE OUR EMISSIONS.
THIS IS GOING TO HAVE
PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS
FOR EVERYTHING FROM
OUR FOOD SUPPLY
TO THE WAY OUR
ECONOMY WORKS.
SO, WE NO LONGER CAN
IGNORE THIS ISSUE.
THERE'S A RIGHT WAY
TO PRICE CARBON
AND REDUCE EMISSIONS AND
THERE'S A WRONG WAY.
THE REVENUE NEUTRAL
FEDERAL CARBON TAX
WHERE 100 PERCENT OF THOSE
REVENUES ARE USED TO INTRODUCE
ONE OF THE LARGEST PERSONAL
AND CORPORATE INCOME TAX CUTS
IN CANADIAN HISTORY, IT'S
GOOD, CONSERVATIVE POLICY.
TO THOSE WHO SAY THAT
CLIMATE CHANGE ISN'T REAL,
MY RESPONSE IS THAT THAT'S
NOT A CREDIBLE POSITION.

A clip rolls with the caption "Conservative leadership debate. Greely, Ontario. November 13, 2016. Courtesy of Huffington Post Canada."

On the clip, Michael says I BELIEVE THAT
CLIMATE CHANGE IS A REAL THREAT
AND THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE A CREDIBLE
MARKET-BASE CONSERVATIVE SOLUTION
TO REDUCE EMISSIONS. SO WHAT THAT MEANS
IS PUTTING A PRICE ON CARBON,

USING ALL THE REVENUES TO
INTRODUCE ONE OF THE LARGEST
INCOME TAX CUTS
IN CANADIAN HISTORY,
AND GETTING RID OF ALL
THE GREEN REGULATION,
GREEN SUBSIDY, AND
GREEN PROGRAMS.
THAT'S THE
CONSERVATIVE WAY.

A caption on the clip reads "The crowd started booing."

Mark Cameron now holds the floor.

Mark is in his forties, clean-shaven and with short straight brown hair. He wears a black suit, white shirt and burgundy tie.

He says I DON’T BELIEVE
CLIMATE CHANGE IS A REAL THREAT.

A caption reads "The crowd laughed and applauded."

The clip ends.

A caption reads "Mark Cameron. Executive director, Canadians for Clean Prosperity."

Mark says FROM 2006,
2009, I WAS INVOLVED
IN THE HARPER GOVERNMENT
AS DIRECTOR OF POLICY
AND RESEARCH.
UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER THE
FINANCIAL CRISIS IN 2008,
THE MOMENTUM ON THE
ISSUE REALLY DECLINED.
THE GOVERNMENT WENT
FROM HAVING SAID
WE WERE GOING TO BRING
IN SOME KIND OF A
CAP-AND-TRADE SYSTEM
TO IT'S ALL A WAY
OF STEALING
TAXPAYERS' MONEY.
I JUST FELT LIKE
THE PARTY HAD TAKEN
A WRONG TURN ON
THIS ISSUE
THAT WAS GOING TO PUT
THEM REALLY OUT OF TOUCH
WITH WHERE THE WORLD
WAS GOING AND WHERE
THE NEXT GENERATION
OF VOTERS WERE GOING.
SO, IN A GIVEN WEEK, I'M
MEETING WITH POLITICIANS
TO INFLUENCE THE DEBATE
AROUND CARBON PRICING.
THE CONVERSATION
HAS FELT UNHEALTHY.
YOU STARTED HEARING
CONSERVATIVES ATTACKING
POLICIES THAT THEY HAD HAD
THREE OR FOUR YEARS BEFORE.
REALLY, IT WAS A DESIRE
TO DEPOLARIZE THAT DEBATE
THAT MADE ME WANT TO GET
MORE INVOLVED IN THE ISSUE.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT
WHETHER WE SHOULD ACT,
BUT HOW WE SHOULD ACT.

Michael says I THOUGHT THE PARTY
CAMPAIGNING AGAINST
A CARBON TAX FROM THERE
ON IN, IN ALL FORMS,
WASN'T THE RIGHT
THING TO DO.
IT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY
I'M IN THIS LEADERSHIP RACE.
I WOULDN'T HAVE PUT
THIS POLICY FORWARD
IF I THOUGHT IT WAS
A SUICIDE MISSION.
I PUT THIS POLICY FORWARD
BECAUSE I BELIEVE
WE CAN WIN ON THIS.
I'M OPTIMISTIC THAT WE
CAN, AS CONSERVATIVES,
RECLAIM OUR POSITION AS
ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS.

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A caption reads "Music by Stefan Banjevic."

The caption changes to "tvo.org/climatewatch."

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