Three ways Trudeau can catch up with Biden’s ambitious climate agenda

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1. Pass the Just Transition Act

Back in 2019, Justin Trudeau pledged that Canada would be one of the first countries in the world to pass a Just Transition Act that ensures “as we move Canada forward, we … make sure no one gets left behind”. A few months later, Environment Minister Jonthan Wilkinson said that the bill would be one of his first priorities in office. But, more than a year later, we’ve barely heard a peep about it. Meanwhile, thousands of fossil fuel workers have lost their jobs, hundreds because of the all-too-predictable cancellation of the Keystone pipeline. The industry has been shedding jobs for years now, as oil companies automate roles out of existence and lay off workers to protect their bottom line. Rather than committing to ensure all of these workers are supported as the world accelerates its shift off of fossil fuels, Trudeau’s government seems to be doubling down on a fading industry.

2. Put a moratorium on new fossil fuel permits and financing

The rule of holes is simple, when you’re in one, stop digging. Joe Biden recognized this last week when he announced a pause on new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and revealed plans to end government financing of fossil fuels at home and abroad. This is something Justin Trudeau should have done back in 2015, and now it’s even more important. As far as we can tell, even Trudeau doesn’t know how to square his climate plan and his support for the continued expansion of fossil fuels.

3. Get more ambitious

It’s common to hear Justin Trudeau and his ministers talk about how Canada needs to “do more” on climate change. Well, now is the time to do just that.

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