Greens say Canada must step up and lead at Glasgow climate conference

OTTAWA – As more than 120 world leaders get ready to meet in Glasgow for the 26th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), Green Party parliamentary leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands) is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up and be “the leader the world needs” to deliver real progress in the fight against global warming.

“Mr. Trudeau must grasp this opportunity to demonstrate that Canada is turning over a new leaf,” said Ms. May. “He can announce that we are committed to doing what is necessary – cancelling the Trans Mountain pipeline, ending fossil fuel subsidies, banning fracking and bringing in a strong safety net through a Just Transition bill for energy-sector workers.”

Ms. May will be attending the Glasgow negotiations along with Green Party MP-elect Mike Morrice (Kitchener Centre). “Heading to my 12th Conference of the Parties, I am determined that the carbon spent on the flight is more than offset by successful Green energy to push for meaningful change,” she said.

“As co-chair of the Global Greens Parliamentarians Association, I work with elected Greens from around the world in key positions to press for success at COP26. We are dangerously near tipping points that threaten humanity’s survival. Failure is not an option.“ 

Mr. Morrice said that COP26 is a critical moment. “To keep a safe climate future within reach, Canada must step up,” he said. “It's past time for our federal government to accelerate its targets and action to align with climate science.

“After 15 years’ mobilizing action at the local level, I'm looking forward to joining broad coalitions of people and organizations advocating at COP26 for our government to do its fair share in the push for climate justice."


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