August to October 2015 was election season in Canada. During this time, politicians traded blows, pundits talked themselves hoarse and one thing became immediately clear: none of the parties have a plan in line with the science of climate change. With a collapsed price of oil, a summer of historic wildfires and a media that finally seems be ready to talk about climate change, we have a perfect recipe for climate to be front and center during the Canadian election. Yet, while emissions and temperatures was rising, the ambition of Canada’s political parties just wasn’t.
At the end of the election period, it was certainly heartening that Stephen Harper lost his seat as Prime Minister — under his leadership, Canada had become an international pariah on climate change. Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is certainly a promising leader in many ways — he has promised to make climate change a national priority once again. However, Trudeaus also stands in support of major tar sands pipelines, and right before he was elected, the co-chair of Trudeau’s election campaign was revealed to be a consultant for TransCanada.
That’s why, right after Prime Minister Trudeau was elected, people across the country took bold and courageous action by sitting-in outside his residence for his first four days in office.
A surprise awaited ticket-holders at the leaders debate in Toronto. Read more about the mobilization at the Foreign policy debate as well as a summary of climate issues during all of the leaders debates.