As Parliament enters its final session before the General Election in the fall, the New Democrats are calling on Justin Trudeau to declare an environment and climate emergency.
The NDP said Canadian communities are already paying the price of climate inaction and the NDP is calling on the Liberals to bring in strong measures to fight climate change.
“It’s increasingly clear that if we fail to act now to fight climate change, the costs will be immense,” said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a media release.
"The Liberals' policies – from continuing fossil fuel subsidies to buying and pushing for expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, to practically eliminating the carbon tax for some of Canada’s biggest emitters – are sending Canada in the wrong direction.
"Canadians should be able to count on their government to have the courage to do the right thing on climate change, while creating good jobs and making life more affordable for Canadians.”
In addition to declaring a climate emergency, the NDP’s motion urges the Liberal government to bring forward a climate action strategy that prioritizes reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, sets ambitious targets with measures to hold the government accountable, takes concrete action to reduce emissions and invests in building the clean energy economy we need now.
“The Liberals’ plan is failing, and the Conservatives don’t have a plan. Canadians deserve a bold plan that reduces emissions while creating sustainable jobs for workers,” said NDP MP Wayne Stetski (Kootenay—Columbia).
“We can do this by committing to renewable energy, retrofitting homes, expanding public transit and investing in clean manufacturing.”
The upcoming Federal Election is set for Monday, October 21. Stetski, who won the riding in 2015 by a narrow margin, is being challenged by Rob Morrison of the Conservative Party and nd Rick Stewart of the newly formed People’s Party of Canada.
Both Liberal and Green Party have yet to name candidates for the fall election.