Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA], 22 October 2019:
With at least 63% of voters casting ballots for parties that put forward strong climate platforms, it is clear that a majority of Canadians asked for more ambitious and urgent climate action. People voted out of fear of the Conservatives today, rejecting their threats to roll back climate policy. At the same time, voters did not have enough confidence in the Liberal climate record to hand them another majority. Voters have put the NDP and Greens in a position of power to make sure the Government of Canada amps up action on climate change, now.
In an election otherwise characterised by mudslinging and name calling, climate was the one substantive policy issue that consistently pierced through the noise and rose to the top of election issue polls. Canada has a history of achievements under minority governments, like medicare and universal pension plans. Kicking off a just transition to a climate safe future should be added to that list.
Based on the election results and party platforms, voters want near-term action from the Government of Canada to:
- Ramp up its 2030 Paris commitment in time for submission to the UN by the 2020 deadline.
- Legislate net zero emissions by 2050, with five-year budget periods, starting with a 2025 interim target.
- Create mechanisms to keep governments accountable and on track to meet those targets.
- Stop letting fossil fuel interests define policy, meaning an end to fossil fuel subsidies and the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.
- Ensure a just transition for workers and communities.
- Fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Climate Action Network Canada congratulates all candidates who had the courage and conviction to step forward to represent their communities and who worked hard throughout this election.
Executive Director, Climate Action Network Canada