WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH, THE LIBERALS MUST DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE WITH URGENCY

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WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH, THE LIBERALS MUST DECLARE A CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE WITH URGENCY

THOMPSON – On Monday, New Democrats called on Justin Trudeau to declare an environment and climate emergency. 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. 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,” said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. “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.

“Instead of buying pipelines and fridges for billionaires, we need a bold plan that focuses on jobs and the environment like a green new deal,” said NDP Jobs Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski). “The climate crisis is here, it’s real and half measures won’t cut it.”

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