WHEREAS scientific research by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other Canadian and international academic research has identified that climate change will have a higher impact on many regions of the circumpolar world, and specifically regions of the Canadian north than elsewhere on the planet;
WHEREAS the Government of Canada has not met the expressed needs of the scientific community to invest in the work needed to produce and analyze comprehensive data on change that is occurring throughout northern regions on and off shore;
WHEREAS the ability to understand and predict the impact of these changes on the northern ecology, environment and society is fundamental to the ability to adapt to negative outcomes of these changes;
WHEREAS this data can also provide a knowledge base upon which to make wise decisions on the pace and direction of development in many areas of the north and sectors of the economy;
BE IT RESOLVED that a National Liberal Government will initiate a national dialogue with the academic, private and public research communities to design the most relevant and effective research program and approach to generate understanding of the impact of climate change on the north;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a National Liberal Government will triple Canada’s investment in northern scientific research to collect information that will support understanding of the impacts of climate change on northern environment and society;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the use of this enhanced investment be focused on the designed program and approach emanating from the national dialogue among research communities.
Yukon Federal Liberal Association