Environment groups say federal election was big win for climate action

Environment groups say there is no doubt that the 2021 election was a big win for climate action in Canada.

Environmental Defence executive director Tim Gray says two-thirds of Canadians voted for climate action in 2019.

But he says the Conservatives upped their climate game in 2021 so it can now be said that 95 per cent of Canadians voted for climate action on Monday, leaving no room for any party or government to block or slow efforts any longer.

Still Gray and others say the Liberals have to move quickly on their platform, including capping emissions from oil and gas production and mandating electric vehicle sales.

Fossil fuel production and transportation are the two main drivers behind the emissions increase Canada saw since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office six years ago.

Trudeau will head to the United Nations climate meeting in Scotland in November with stronger emissions targets than ever but Gray says there is still a lot of work to do to show how Canada intends to meet its emissions targets for the first time ever.

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