CONSERVATIVE CLIMATE PLAN
Calling it a plan does not make it so
There was certainly no shortage of news this week. After months of speculation, the Conservative Party of Canada finally released its climate plan, A Real Plan for the Environment. The problem is, it’s not really a real plan. We’re left to wonder how much pollution it would cut, how close it would take us toward our pollution reduction target, and how much it would cost.
Despite being lauded by party leader Andrew Scheer as “the most comprehensive environment plan ever put forward by any opposition party in Canadian history,” it has been criticized by many as being (rather like the Arctic) full of hot air.
As a CBC article writes, “There are many words in it. Some of them are in large fonts. Others are in italics. But unfortunately, none of them explain at any point how much the federal Conservatives hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” Editors at the Globe and Mail, the Star and Maclean’s all had similar reactions. It’s clear that the Conservative plan would fail to deliver what Canadians expect: less pollution and more opportunity as the world shifts to clean energy.