OTTAWA - From coast to coast to coast, political inaction and our dependence on fossil fuels is causing real harm to Canadians. Every year we see an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters related to climate change. The climate crisis must be taken seriously and we must act quickly.
"Severe flooding has recently affected Quebec. On Monday, May 1, high winds and rain caused trees to fall and 70,000 people were left without power. In Baie-Saint-Paul, about 95 kilometers northeast of Quebec City, flooding cut off the town from the rest of the province. Two volunteer firefighters trying to rescue two people lost their lives when they were swept into the river," said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. "While Quebec and British Columbia are dealing with flooding, Alberta is on fire. A state of emergency has been declared in the province of Alberta, where nearly 25,000 people have been forced from their homes due to evacuation orders related to more than 100 wildfires."
"From Quebec to Alberta, our addiction to oil is flooding our communities and threatening our homes. For too long, our country has been led by politicians who are too soft on the climate crisis and too soft on the oil industry," says Deputy Leader Jonathan Pedneault. "Canada needs leaders who can make the courageous but necessary decisions to protect our planet and our future.”
The floods and wildfires that have affected the country in recent weeks must be understood and analyzed in the broader context of the global climate crisis. These are not isolated events.
National newscasts and Question Period are dominated by trivial matters such as the Prime Minister's vacation. We need to rethink our priorities and act now.
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