Trudeau pitches climate plan in B.C., tells voters to cast ballots strategically

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Liberal leader Justin Trudeau urged climate-minded British Columbians to vote for his party on September 20, saying only liberals have a real plan to fight the environmental crisis.

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During an event Tuesday in Richmond, B.C., he asked progressive voters to cast their vote strategically, saying his party is the only party that can stop conservatives. Polling shows that the two parties are neck and neck.

“We are the ones who can stop the Conservatives from getting elected and get us back on climate change,” he said at the event where he was joined by local candidates, including his former environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

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Andrew Weaver, a former B.C. Green Party leader who supported the Liberal climate plan, also accompanied Trudeau.

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Weaver praised the liberal plan for banning thermal coal exports, tackling methane shortages, focusing on zero-emissions vehicles, and balancing the economy with environmental protection.

Trudeau said progressive voters should vote for the party with the best climate change plan, and liberals serve that goal.

He accused the NDP of not being ambitious enough on climate change and of wanting to lag behind the Tories.

“British Colombians value the importance of protecting this extraordinarily rich and diverse environment,” Trudeau said.

“We understand how important it is to cherish it, celebrate it, and do the things we need to ensure that generations to come can both flourish and enjoy everything we sometimes take for granted. , because it is hard to accept this extraordinary place.”

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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole for promising to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, rather than matching the Liberals’ new target of reducing emissions by between 40 percent and 45 percent It has faced criticism from environmental groups.

Trudeau repeatedly insisted Tuesday that O’Toole’s approach to climate would follow that of former prime minister Stephen Harper, and accused the Conservative leader of wanting to revive the North Gateway oil pipeline through the Great Bear rainforest. Put it.

Energy economist Mark Jaccard has said that while the NDP promises bigger cuts in emissions than the Liberals, the NDP’s plan lacks enough detail to show the way to meet the target.

“Anyone who knows that climate change is real and that we have to listen to the science and experts will have a hard time understanding why the NDP didn’t bother to pursue a real plan,” Trudeau said.

“It’s part of what we have to face in this election, because Mr. O’Toole is laying out a vision of this country that will take us back.”

Trudeau was spending the second day in a row in the Greater Vancouver area, where several experts have said the race could be tighter in many rides.

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When Trudeau called the election, the standings in B.C. were 17 Conservatives, 11 Liberals, 11 New Democrats, two Greens and one Independent.

In the 2019 election, which resulted in a minority Liberal government, the Liberals lost six seats in BC, the Conservatives won seven and the NDP dropped three.

Carla Qualtro, who is running for re-election at Delta, acknowledged the race is tight in her ride, but said she hopes the Liberal climate platform will help the vote get its way.

“I’m hopeful, but I’m super competitive and we’re not leaving anything on the table,” she said.

Trudeau stresses his connection to B.C., describing memories of canoeing, hiking, talking to fishermen, and ordering fish and chips at Steveston Wharf with his aunt.

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Later, they took a walk with local families, where they can be seen pushing a stroller with two young children along a trail along the Fraser River.

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