Lisa Vollans-Leduc and the NDP denounce Trudeau's climate failure, commits to eliminate subsidies to Big Oil

August 23, 2021

Lisa Vollans-Leduc and the NDP denounce Trudeau's climate failure, commits to eliminate subsidies to Big Oil

WHITEHORSE – Joined by young people who participated in the 2019 climate march, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called out Justin Trudeau for making a speech at the march two years ago, but making decisions since then that have increased Canada’s emissions and made the climate emergency even worse. Alongside Jagmeet the NDP candidate for Yukon, Lisa Vollans-Leduc, is committed to protecting our climate for future generations.

“All Yukoners – young and old, newcomers and First Nations who have been here forever, know the climate has changed. Winters are warmer with more precipitation, and the spring melt has led to flooding,” said Vollans-Leduc. “Canadians can’t wait any longer for our government to act on this emergency.  unlike the Liberals, the NDP have a real plan which will address climate change now, not when it’s too late.”

Many Yukoners, including Lisa, living in the Southern Lakes spent their summer filling sandbags to protect their homes from floods. Flooding also forced popular recreational areas to be closed.

“My neighbours and I are living through climate change first hand. We need to act now,” said Vollans-Leduc.

Jagmeet pointed out Justin Trudeau's record of failure to address the climate crisis. He promised to eliminate subsidies to big oil, but has instead increased them to levels higher than when the Conservatives were in government. During his time as Prime Minister, Trudeau has made Canada the only G7 country to have increased its emissions. Canada has become the third biggest air polluter among wealthy nations. Recently, his government tried to trick Canadians that buying a pipeline will help lower emissions.

The NDP pledged $500 million in funding to support Indigenous-led stewardship programs to advance reconciliation and protect the land, water and forests.
Jagmeet committed to identifying and eliminating harmful subsidies given to oil and gas companies and reallocating them to the clean, renewable energy sector instead. He committed to cutting Canada’s emissions by more than half by the year 2030 with projects like electrifying public transit.

"Time is running out and we need to make different choices; better choices for all of us. I want to be able to tell my child that I have done everything in my power to make a difference," said Jagmeet. “I want to fight the climate emergency for real. People deserve better than a government that says things with no intention of following though. It’s about choices. We can choose to subsidize clean, renewable energy instead of big oil.”

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