Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, was introduced as a private member’s bill by Bruce Hyer (NDP – Thunder Bay-Superior North) on March 3, 2010. The bill would require national greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Unlike most private member’s bills, this one appears to have some momentum, and has already cleared the committee stage in the House of Commons. It must still receive third reading in the House and then Senate approval.

The bill is identical to one that was introduced by NDP leader Jack Layton in the last Parliament. That initial bill was passed by the House but died when Parliament was dissolved for the 2008 election, before the Senate had approved it.

Further information is available on the Parliament of Canada website.