NDP to unveil parts of climate plan in motion expected in House of Commons
The motion comes just one week after the Green Party earned a resounding victory in a Vancouver Island by-election which most political observers – Singh included – believe was a message from voters for politicians to start taking climate change more seriously.
Singh however insists today’s motion is not an attempt to beat back Green support, which would affect both NDP and Liberal fortunes in the fall.
In fact Singh insists whatever message voters were sending last week in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, it was to the governing Liberals, not the NDP, even though the NDP won the seat in 2015. The by-election was triggered when Sheila Malcolmson resigned after just three years as an MP to run provincially in British Columbia.
Speaking on his party's climate change motion, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is asked about the LNG Canada project, which the B.C. NDP govt supports: "I do not believe fracking is the future of Canada & I believe that fossil fuels are not the future energy source for Canada."
However as Chantal Hebert wrote in Toronto Star
On the day his party lost a B.C. seat to the Greens in a byelection this week, Jagmeet Singh took Justin Trudeau to task about climate change, an issue he raised again over the next two days.
It was a change of pace of sorts for the NDP leader.
But until this week, he had yet to make climate change the main focus of his first round of questions to the government. That may become a more regular occurrence going forward