Justin Trudeau announces environmental platform in Vancouver

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Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, made several campaign promises in Vancouver today when he unveiled his plan for Canada’s environment and economy, “because you can’t have a strong economy without a healthy environment,” Trudeau said.

In his first 90 days in office he promises to establish a framework to help reduce Canada’s carbon footprint. “It’s time Canada puts a price on carbon pollution,” he said.

Trudeau also revealed that if he wins this year’s federal election, Canadians can expect millions of dollars invested in clean technology. He would also create new clean energy jobs as well as a new Canadian energy strategy.

He vows to re-establish the environmental review process, which he claims was “gutted by Mr. Harper” and attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, at the end of this year, with all the Canadian Premiers.

If his party wins, admission to Canadian national parks will be free by 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Trudeau asserts that “we’ll pay for it by cutting the lavish Canada 150 advertisement budget — because we know our country’s beauty speaks for itself.” Liberals also promise to increase the amount of protected marine and coastal areas to five per cent by 2017, and 10 per cent by 2020.

To watch his speech or read more about the Liberal environmental platform, visit the Real Change website. You can also download the PDF file.

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