Citizen Action Monitor

When it comes to the climate, Prime Minister elect Trudeau has failed to distinguish himself

“He won’t take the kind of bold action we need and hold campaign promises unless the climate movement forces him to,” says Cam Fenton, 350.org

No 1484 Posted by fw, October 20, 2015

“Trudeau has been a strong supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline, having traveled to the United States to lobby on behalf of the project. He has also expressed support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline, argued that setting climate targets is unnecessary and failed to produce a clear plan that would see Canada fulfilling its responsibility to the globally agreed upon ceiling for warming of 2ºC.”Cameron Fenton, 350.org

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Harper’s out but that isn’t enough for the climate, email from Cameron Fenton, 350.org, October 20, 2015

Friends,

It’s with a lot of mixed emotions that I’m writing you this email.

On the one hand, this morning, we’re waking up to a country where Stephen Harper is no longer the Prime Minister, and that’s a good thing.

On the other hand, while Stephen Harper’s government may have been a wholly owned subsidiary of the fossil fuel industry, Prime Minister Trudeau has failed to distinguish himself as a much better option when it comes to the climate.  

Less than a week ago, we learned that Justin Trudeau’s campaign co-chair, Daniel Gagnier, had been in the employ of embattled pipeline giant TransCanada, even going as far as giving the company advice on how to lobby Trudeau to get its Energy East project built. Trudeau has been a strong supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline, having traveled to the United States to lobby on behalf of the project.

He has also expressed support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline, argued that setting climate targets is unnecessary and failed to produce a clear plan that would see Canada fulfilling its responsibility to the globally agreed upon ceiling for warming of 2ºC.

So we clearly need to push for the kind of real climate leadership that Canada really needs. I think that push can be successful. Here’s why:

Justin Trudeau has promised “real action” on climate change that would see an end to fossil fuel subsidies, overhaul the pipeline review process to include climate change considerations and investment in clean energy. If he stays true to his word, the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline could be reversed within the coming weeks, ending that project once and for all. Trudeau has also promised he would commit to upholding First Nations treaty rights.

It’s for these reasons, and with a lot of trepidation that I think Justin Trudeau can do the right thing — if we push. He won’t take the kind of bold action we need and hold campaign promises unless the climate movement forces him to.

It’s not that I believe in Justin Trudeau, it’s that I believe in us. I believe in people power.

We said we were planning the Climate Welcome sit-ins, four days of peaceful sit-ins in Ottawa this November 5th through 8th, no matter who won the election. After yesterday I believe this is more important than ever.

I hope you’ll join us to give Prime Minister Trudeau a welcome that he can’t ignore.

Sincerely,

Cam Fenton

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