Canada may be known for its cold weather, but this summer part of the country was hell.
The western state was hit by a record heat wave, identifying the cause of death for 569 people in British Columbia. Wildfires have burned more than 2 million acres of forest in the state and destroyed small towns. Meanwhile, the drought devastated Manitoba ranchers.
Extreme weather has heightened the already high level of interest and concern of Canadians in climate change. However, little climate was recorded during the campaign.
Analysts say it’s due to a clever operation by the Conservatives.
Party leader Erin O’Toole turned his back on his promise not to impose a carbon tax on plans announced this spring.in the meantime The conservative version has a lower carbon price than Mr Trudeau’s plan and has a very different system for tax refunds to individuals, so the Prime Minister said the conservatives would not tax carbon and the climate program. It can no longer be said that it lacks.
Kathryn Harrison, a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, said:
A conservative plan introduced long before the election, It proposes to reduce emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels within the nine years that Canada’s original Paris Agreement targets.
However, Mr Trudeau has since raised the national target for the same time frame from 40 to 45 percent. He evoked the unpopular policy of his predecessor, Stephen Harper, saying that the Conservative plan would bring the country back to progress in combating climate change.
The Green Party, which makes climate change a top priority, called for a 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.
This is an ambitious goal, but lacks details, said Nicholas Rivers, Canada’s Chairman of the Climate and Energy Policy Research Committee and associate professor at the University of Ottawa.
The Greens have been distracted by internal conflicts that urged their leader, Anamier Paul, to consider resigning. The party released its platform on September 7th in the second half of a short campaign.
“It’s hard to believe that they have a credible plan to get there,” said Professor Rivers. “I feel that the Greens have partially abandoned their leadership on climate issues.”