- Justin Trudeau has announced that carbon neutrality in Canada by 2050 will be part of the Liberal Party platform.
- This announcement comes just one day after Montreal mayor Valérie Plante made a similarly amibitious promise during a speech to the UN that garnered acclaim from many Montrealers.
Yesterday, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante pledged that the city would reduce carbon emissions by 55% by 2030 and plans to be carbon-neutral by 2050. Our mayor impressed United Nations delegates, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with her impassioned speech and commitment to taking action on climate change. Not to be outdone, Justin Trudeau also ambitiously promised that, as part of the Liberal party platform and in solidarity with global climate mobilization, Canada is committing to carbon-neutrality by 2050.
Trudeau's ambitious plan includes 5-year milestones, reducing taxes on businesses that invest in green technology, guaranteeing clean energy sources for government-owned structures, and more.
Minister Catherine McKenna says that governments need to take responsibility and act against climate change. She says that "by listening to the experts and, most of all, listening to young people in the streets who are saying, 'Are you going to act for our future?'" Canada will figure out a plan for "a serious climate plan with credible and pragmatic action."
The Liberal government was unclear on the exact details of their plan moving forward, says CBC News.
This plan would cost around $67 million by 2023, the CBC continues.
Of course, this all hinges on whether or not the Liberals get re-elected on October 21st. Currently, the Conservatives have a slight margin of victory, polling at 34.7% versus the Liberals' 32.9%.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante also revealed an ambitious plan to tackle climate change at the local level in Montreal.
On day 14 of this election cycle, it seems that climate change is becoming the hot-button issue for each federal party.
While every federal party has their own climate action plans, each one has a different perspective on how to best accomplish Canada's climate pledge.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says that the NDP has "the boldest, the most audacious plan we've ever put forward on the environment, on fighting climate change" and will keep the carbon tax in place.
The Conservatives, meanwhile, want to remove the carbon tax but will give tax cuts to companies who invest in green technology.
The Green Party has also pledged to make Canada carbon-neutral by 2050.
Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada denies what he calls "climate alarmism" but says that "we need to have clear lakes, clear rivers, clear land. We need to do something concrete for the environment and put money there."
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