GATINEAU – Today, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh underlined the Liberals’ failure to address the climate emergency, saying that Justin Trudeau chose to protect corporate interests above the wellbeing of Canadians.
“Too many Canadians are dealing with disasters like flooding that destroy their homes and disrupt their lives. Justin Trudeau says he agrees there is a climate crisis, but he doesn’t seem to get it. He’s spent billions on a pipeline, while under-funding support for communities impacted by disasters like flooding,” says Singh. “We can do better for people. We have a bold climate plan that replaces pretty words with real action.”
In 2015, the Conservative government raised the threshold for provinces to qualify for federal compensation for disasters – and the Trudeau Liberals not only kept this change but also purchased the Trans-Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion, while leaving communities scrambling for funding to fight flooding and forest fires.
“The Liberals promise one thing during election, and deliver another in government. While families here in Gatineau and across the country struggle with the growing threat of floods and other climate-related disasters, Justin Trudeau was more focused on buying a pipeline than on getting them help,” added Singh. “We’re going to make different choices. We have a plan to help communities protect people from the impacts of climate change right now.”
New Democrats have a real plan to confront the climate crisis and limit warming to 1.5 degrees. The NDP would expand federal funding by $2.5 billion to help communities respond to disasters and adapt infrastructure to withstand floods and other extreme weather events. This is all part of the NDP’s bold $15 billion plan to lower emissions, protect our natural environment, create 300,000 good jobs, and fight the climate crisis.