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.
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.
Trees won’t hide the pipeline you bought. https://t.co/BHwC3dJQsX
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) September 27, 2019
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.