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Scheer says Trudeau is a hypocrite who is using climate change as distraction

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he will support a Liberal motion declaring climate change a national emergency if the Liberals agree to amend it to admit their climate-change plan is a hypocritical failure.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is pushing the motion partly to force the Conservatives to show their hand on their climate-change policy by voting yes or no on keeping Canada’s existing international promises on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

She is accusing Scheer of developing his climate plan with oil-industry lobbyists.

Scheer says his policy will come out next month and focus on Canada’s obligations on climate in a “global context.”

He says the Liberals are only bringing their motion this week to distract from scandals and says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a “high-carbon hypocrite” who churns out carbon dioxide while he jets around the world on private planes.

Scheer says the Conservatives cannot support a competing motion from the NDP that is being debated today because it demands opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The Canadian Press