Jagmeet Singh calls Liberals’ climate record an ‘abject failure’ down the stretch

As the federal election campaign draws to a close, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is fighting backlash from progressive environmentalists by trying to refocus attention on Justin Trudeau’s climate record.

Last week, the NDP appeared vulnerable in the climate file. TO demonstration thursday by Climate Justice Toronto asked Singh to protect old trees from logging in Fairy Creek. The party was also recently criticized for not having a clear position On the Trans Mountain expansion project, at the same time, liberals have highlighted the backing of climate experts such as Mark Jaccard and former British Columbia Green Party leader Andrew Weaver.

But in the days since Trudeau was in BC to welcome Weaver’s endorsement, liberals support has dropped in that province for the benefit of the NDP.

With voters heading to the polls on Monday, Singh is trying to capitalize on the moment by emphasizing that when it comes to the weather, the Liberals in power have been an “abject failure.”

Singh summed up Trudeau’s climate record as the worst of any G7 country, saying that liberals promised to end fossil fuel subsidies but increased them and exempted the biggest polluters from carbon tax.

Canada is committed to the G20 to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, referring to subsidies that incentivize oil and gas exploration. Liberals have vowed to end those by 2023 rather than an earlier commitment of 2025. But since 2018, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) found that Canadian governments have spent at least $ 23 billion on three megaprojects. . The IISD also found that 2020 saw a 200% increase in fossil fuel subsidies for the oil and gas sector.

“We believe that we have to fight the climate crisis with everything we have,” Singh said on Friday.

“Our children deserve it, the future deserves it and we must do it right now.”

When asked about cutting down old trees, Singh said that he believes in protecting the old forest and the environment, but that the environment is not the only consideration.

“I deeply believe in the protection and conservation of the environment, (but) I also firmly believe in respecting indigenous rights and indigenous land rights,” he said.

“I do not believe at all that it is the position of the settlers to tell the indigenous communities what to do with their lands,” he added.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh calls Justin Trudeau an “abject failure” when it comes to climate action as the parties enter the final days of the campaign. # elxn44 #cdnpoli

Instead, Ottawa should provide resources to indigenous communities to help with conservation, Singh said.

“Our plan would be to release $ 500 million in funding to truly support indigenous communities in conservation and stewardship,” he said.

“They know what to do, they have the knowledge, they have the experience, they need support and for a long time they have been deprived of financial resources.

“We would support them in a real way,” he said.

As videos of police pepper spraying and dragging protesters in Fairy Creek went viral early in the campaign, the Liberal Party pledged $ 50 million to protect older people. North Vancouver Liberal candidate Jonathan Wilkinson said at the time that a reelected Liberal government would not attempt to assert its jurisdiction over the province, but would work with it.

Liberal spokesman Alex Deslongchamps said the party has a history of keeping promises, citing the carbon tax and increasing the targets of the Paris Agreement.

“The NDP (seems) to care about climate change, but independent experts gave their climate plan an F,” he said.

On Friday, Singh highlighted an endorsement of his Protect Our Winters climate plan, which he gave to the party highest ranking of the three main parties. The NDP got an A-, the Liberals a B and the Conservatives a D. Of the other parties, the Greens tied the NDP, the Bloc Québécois got a B- and the People’s Party of Canada received an F.

This week, the Climate Action Tracker analyzed countries’ updated greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030, calling Canada’s “very insufficient.” That means that without higher ambition, Canada is on track for a 4 ° C warming, much higher than the Paris Agreement target of as close to 1.5 ° C as possible.

Last month’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report estimated five scenarios, ranging from very low to very high emissions growth; In the scenario with the highest emission, he estimated global warming at 4.4 C in 80 years.

As the campaign draws to a close, the leaders are gaining the backing of the United States. Trudeau picked up an endorsement from former President Barack Obama. Singh, meanwhile, got a backup from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday.

John Woodside / Local Journalism Initiative / Canada National Observer


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