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From Victoria to Montreal, climate marches dominate federal campaign Friday

Last Updated Sep 27, 2019 at 10:33 am PDT

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces plans to deal with the crisis around the price of housing as makes a campaign stop in Vancouver on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Climate change is expected to dominate day 17 of the election campaign

Most of the party leaders are joining climate strike marches to demand cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions

Conservative Andrew Scheer and the PPC's Maxime Bernier have not announced plans to march in climate strikes

OTTAWA — Climate change is dominating the federal election campaign today, with most of the leaders joining marches demanding cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions.

The exception is Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who’s spending the day in the suburbs of Vancouver for an announcement and campaign stops with candidates in Maple Ridge and Richmond, but not marching anywhere.

Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May are in Montreal, along with teen Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Read more: Climate the focus as Liberal, NDP, Green leaders march with voters

Thunberg is marching in Montreal’s climate strike, which is likely to be Canada’s biggest.

Trudeau promised that a re-elected Liberal government would pay for the planting of two billion trees over the next decade to combat climate change.

However, he faced criticism over his Liberal government’s spending billions of dollars to buy an oil pipeline project while the Liberals presented themselves as Canada’s best choice for environmental policy.

The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh is spending a fourth straight day in B.C.

He began with an announcement on coast protection  on Vancouver Island, before heading to a climate march in Victoria.

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is campaigning at home in Quebec’s Beauce region, where he’s striving to keep his seat after breaking away from the Conservatives last year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2019.