Senate passes Net Zero bill and sets to discuss budget bill before rising towards summer

OTTAWA — The Senate has passed a government bill requiring the state to reach net zero emissions by 2050. This is done hours before the Senate goes up due to the possibility of summer and fall elections.

Bill C-12 set a goal to achieve an economy in which greenhouse gas emissions are offset by other means, which the Senate passed with 60-19 votes with two abstentions.

It was one of four priority bills that the Liberal Party wanted to pass before Congress took summer vacation, as the bill would die if the senators and lawmakers were elected before returning to September.

Senator will hold a third reading debate on Bill C-30 to implement the government budget later tonight.

The budget bill passed the House of Commons last week with the support of NDP and Bloc Québécois, paving the way for key commitments, including extending pandemic relief programs such as wage and rent subsidies by September.

The Senate is also discussing Bill C-10, which amends the Broadcast Act to apply Canadian content rules to streaming giants, while Bill C-6, which bans conversion therapy, was sent to the Senate Committee last night. ..

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