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Federal party platforms not enough to fight climate change: report

Last Updated Oct 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm PDT

FILE - A woman marks her ballot behind a privacy barrier in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, west of Montreal, on election day, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. An international body that specializes in monitoring elections is skipping this year's Canadian election due to limited resources despite questions and potential concerns about the role of third-party groups, cybersecurity and social media in the campaign. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
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A new report finds not even the Green platform would be enough to fight climate change

A report from Stand.earth finds none of the parties have a strong enough platform to fight climate change

VANCOUVER –¬†Stand.earth, the international organization co-founded by B.C. environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, has analysed the climate platforms of four Canadian political parties — and found they all leave something to be desired.

In its latest report, Stand.earth says neither the Greens, New Democrats, Liberals nor Conservatives do enough to avert the worst impact of climate change.

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The report says the federal Greens have the strongest platform with a call to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but Stand.earth says the rest of the platform lacks specifics and isn’t clear enough about the need to halt almost all further fossil fuel extraction.

The New Democrat platform is also criticized for lacking details while Stand.earth says Liberal climate plans “won’t get the job done,” and Conservative proposals are just a “trick” to make it appear that action is being taken.