Monday, August 23, 2021
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called out Justin Trudeau for making decisions that have increased Canada’s emissions and made the climate emergency even worse, two years after participating in the climate march in 2019. Toronto’s NDP candidates say that the climate issue has become more important than ever to the city's residents.
“There have been long heat waves and smoke from Northern Ontario and Western Canada colouring the sky over Toronto, so it is really starting to hit home,” said Clare Hacksel, candidate for Toronto-Danforth. “We need a government that will take action to shift the economy toward renewable energy and ensure that workers from the oil and gas sector are not left behind. The NDP has a plan to do this.”
Jagmeet also pointed out Justin Trudeau's record of failure to address the climate crisis. He promised to eliminate subsidies to big oil, but has instead increased them to levels higher than when the Conservatives were in government. During his time as Prime Minister, Trudeau has made Canada the only G7 country to have increased its emissions. Canada has become the third biggest air polluter in the OECD. Recently, his government tried to trick Canadians that buying a pipeline will help lower emissions.
Jagmeet committed to identifying and eliminating harmful subsidies given to oil and gas companies and reallocating them to the clean, renewable energy sector instead. He committed to cutting Canada’s emissions by more than half by the year 2030 with projects like electrifying public transit.
“We need action on the climate crisis now,” Alejandra Bravo, candidate for Davenport. “Liberal and Conservative governments have consistently put money in the pockets of rich oil and gas companies instead of using that money to help workers and the environment. An NDP government will end these subsidies and invest in good jobs in a green economy.”
He also pledged $500 million in funding to support Indigenous-led stewardship programs to advance reconciliation and protect the land, water and forests, including old growth.
Jagmeet addressed a crowd in Montreal, site of the 2019 climate march, where Justin Trudeau promised action on climate change. "Time is running out and we need to make different choices; better choices for all of us,” he said. “I want to be able to tell my child that I have done everything in my power to make a difference. I want to fight the climate emergency for real. People deserve better than a government that says things with no intention of following though. It’s about choices. We can choose to subsidize clean, renewable energy instead of big oil.”
Alejandra Bravo and Jagmeet Singh will prioritize the fight for real climate action that puts people and our planet at the centre of our climate future. Check out the full plan—including reducing our emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030—at ndp.ca/commitments.