Trudeau pitches Liberals' climate change plan to voters in British Columbia

Trudeau pitches climate plan

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is pitching his climate change strategy to British Columbia voters, saying the NDP hasn't put forward a "real plan" to fight the problem.

Trudeau spoke Tuesday alongside Andrew Weaver, the former leader of B.C.'s Green Party who has endorsed the Liberal climate plan, and said he knows the environment is important to the province's voters.

"British Columbians get the importance of protecting this extraordinarily rich and diverse environment," Trudeau said.

"We understand how necessary it is to cherish it, to celebrate it, and to do the things necessary to make sure that future generations can both thrive and enjoy everything that we only sometimes take for granted, because it’s hard to take for granted this extraordinary place."

Trudeau said voters have a choice between the Liberals and the Conservatives and the Tories would take Canada backward on climate. Polling suggests the two parties are neck and neck.

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole has faced criticism from environmental groups for promising to reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, rather than matching the Liberals' new target of reducing emissions between 40 per cent and 45 per cent.

Energy economist Mark Jaccard has said that while the NDP promises bigger cuts to emissions than the Liberals, the NDP's plan doesn't contain enough detail to show a path to meeting the target.

"Anyone who knows that climate change is real and that we have to listen to science and experts will have a hard time understanding why the NDP didn’t bother to put forward a real plan," Trudeau said.

"That’s part of the choice we have to face right now in this election, because Mr. O'Toole is laying out a vision of this country that would take us back."

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