Burnaby South MP and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh joined NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (Nunavut) in frigid Iqaluit.
It’s just as the United Nations 25th climate conference is set to begin and Singh is calling on the federal government to “take concrete steps to confront the climate emergency, create good jobs, and support communities experiencing the effects of climate change.”
“Over the last few days, I’ve met Northerners who are on the front lines of the climate crisis, and who are feeling the impact,” said Singh, in a news release. “We can’t afford more years of delay and denial on the climate crisis, where the Liberals hand out billions to oil companies while ignoring the climate emergency. Next week’s climate conference is a critical moment for Canada – the Prime Minister needs to commit to tough new emissions reductions targets for 2030 and stop the giveaways to his friends in the fossil fuel sector. We need to invest that money in our communities to help people adapt to the challenges climate change is already causing, and create good jobs for the future.”
During his visit to Nunavut, Singh met with regional Inuit organizations to learn about northern priorities. He heard from elders and artists, and toured an innovative, made-in-Nunavut project to improve food security. Singh spoke about his plans to tackle fossil fuel subsidies and introduce legislation with binding emissions reductions targets.
“We need to listen not just to scientists, but also to the people of the North for solutions. The people who live here – who have lived here for generations – know this land and the consequences of climate change better than anyone,” said Singh. “In Madrid, the Prime Minister needs to live up to his promise to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, and show global leadership by committing Canada to a bold new plan to fight climate change and win.”