Jun 20, 2019

By Jane Brown

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The governing Trudeau Liberals, federal New Democrats and Greens, along with members of environmental groups are all criticizing the Conservatives’ long-awaited climate plan which was released Wednesday evening by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer at a private home in Chelsea, Quebec.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says, “He has a fake plan. No numbers, no serious measures and no commitment to move the needle on climate action.”

New Democrat Peter Julian called the Tory plan “a collection of boutique tax credits and a re-branding exercise.”

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who was on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back ahead of the plan’s release, says it doesn’t drastically cut emissions.

“This is an improvement from no plan at all from the Conservatives,” May explained, “We now have something to talk about. There’s some good ideas in there, but overall it doesn’t avert disaster.”

A statement from Greenpeace Canada says it’s a plan “only an oil lobbyist could love.”

Scheer says his 60-page plan will hit Canada’s targets without a carbon tax.

He says it’s focused on what the Conservatives call “green technology, not taxes.” It hinges on setting strict emissions standards for major greenhouse gas emitters that, if exceeded, would force those companies to pay into a fund that would in turn be invested in government-certified clean tech companies – a policy the party said would force companies to make emissions reduction part of their business models.

“Conservatives fundamentally believe that you cannot tax your way to a cleaner environment. Instead, the answer lies in technology,” Scheer said in his announcement. “The fact is, we can actually create more jobs in Canada through technological growth while at the same time lowering global emissions.”

“Canadians expect results. And Conservatives know that Liberals are great at making promises but Conservatives are great at delivering. Because protecting the environment is a core conservative principle.”

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