There’s good reason Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has been repeatedly emphasizing and promising more action on climate change and reducing carbon emissions.
It is not to appeal to his party’s own base: they are already on board; it’s not to try and convince Tory supporters about the need for greater environmental actions: they have already rejected both him and his policies; and, it’s not even aimed at ridings where the NDP and Greens are fighting it out for the seat.
No … the Liberals are aiming at NDP/Green supporters in ridings where the raging battles are between local Liberal and Conservative candidates … and there is no REALISTIC hope that the Green/NDP candidate will win the seat.
The Liberals believe Climate Change and the Environment is THE major issue for many, many voters in this election campaign … especially Millennials and other younger voters.
In other words, the selling point will be … for NDP/Greens … that the Liberals represent the least of two evils over the Conservatives … majority or minority … in both majority/minority scenarios if they REALLY want action on climate issues.
Friday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer released his party’s full platform .. highlighting tax breaks, spending cuts, increased health and benefits spending: https://www.conservative.ca/andrew-scheer-reveals-his-plan-for-you-to-get-ahead/
The Liberal platform is also on-line: https://2019.liberal.ca/our-platform/?utm_source=2019.liberal.ca&utm_medium=platform-casgrain
And the Liberals are gambling on something more than just the usual platform/promises.
Trudeau and the Liberal strategists are hoping that … in the privacy of the voting booth … those NDP/Green sympathizers, in realistically unwinnable sets, will help the Liberal take the seat instead … to at least move ahead with more climate action than if Andrew Scheer and the Tories become government.
In fact, Generation Squeeze … a national “research, education and advocacy organization for Canadians in their 20s, 30s and 40s” recently released its analysis of the Climate platforms of the four major national parties.
(You can read their FULL analysis here: https://www.gensqueeze.ca/2019_climate_analysis)
Their conclusion: government led by the Greens would do the most to help limit climate temperature increase to 1.5 degrees or less within the next 10 years; the NDP’s and Liberals’ proposals overall rate about the same.
But they rate the Tories’ climate efforts well behind.
“The Conservatives actually trail behind the other three platforms quite significantly,” GS researcher/spokesman Prof. Paul Kershaw of UBC told Global News Thursday.
“All party platforms except the Conservative Party commit to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below Canada’s 2030 target while pushing to net zero by 2050. The proposed pace of GHGs reduction is clearly the fastest under the Green Party plan and is most consistent with a 1.5dC GHG pathway,” the report concluded.
“All three parties except the Conservative Party also commit to accountability measures to ensure Canada is on track to meet its long-term GHG reduction commitments. The Conservative Party platform does not commit to a specific target in 2030 but subsequent clarification has committed to achieving Canada’s 2030 target. There is no evidence the Conservative Party has committed to net zero GHGs consistent with a GHG pathway to support the attainment of 1.5 degrees,” it states.
So the national research group awarded the Greens its top score; gave the NDP and the Liberals a tie for second ; but gave the Tories a Minus score.
And it won’t help that a Climate Change debate scheduled for the University of Ottawa Oct. 16 was cancelled after the Greens, NDP and Liberals accepted to send a participant, but the Conservatives refused, saying they couldn’t find anyone to take part.
So with only the two main parties likely to form government (majority or minority), that’s why Trudeau/Liberals have been talking the topic wherever and whenever they can … trying to reach out to those Green/NDP supporters who believe climate change IS the main election issue, but vote in ridings likely to be won by one of the two main parties.
Will the message work: Keep Scheer/Tories at bay and keep Trudeau/Liberals in power to advance the fight on climate change and the environment ?
We’ll ALL find out Oct 21.
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