A coalition denounces the lack of audacity of the parties in the environment


In the midst of an election campaign, a coalition of unions, community groups and student associations deplores the lack of “boldness” of political parties on social and environmental issues.

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Activists demand in particular that society get out of fossil fuels by 2030, and that the next government put in place measures to limit global warming to 1.5oC.

“We saw two parties arrive with a quantified and relatively credible plan, but we believe that even these two parties do not go far enough. We want a complete exit from oil and gas,” said François Geoffroy, spokesperson for Workers for Climate Justice.

He represents 14,350 union members who have voted one-day strike mandates to take part in the climate protest, which will take place on Friday afternoon.

A number of 146,000 students, from 65 student associations, will also be on strike for the demonstration.

“We are currently studying for a world whose face will ultimately change. We are not even sure of having a future, ”explained Amélie Beaulé, delegate of the Student Association of Cégep Saint-Laurent.

Activists demand in particular that society get out of fossil fuels by 2030, and that the next government put in place measures to limit global warming to 1.5oC.

“We saw two parties arrive with a quantified and relatively credible plan, but we believe that even these two parties do not go far enough. We want a complete exit from oil and gas,” said François Geoffroy, spokesperson for Workers for Climate Justice.

According to him, thanks to its renewable resources, Quebec could take on a “leadership” role if it agrees to embark on this path, by showing what a society without fossil energy could look like.

His movement represents 14,350 union members who have voted one-day strike mandates to take part in the climate protest, which will take place on Friday afternoon.

A number of 146,000 students, from 65 student associations, will also be on strike for the demonstration.

“We are currently studying for a world whose face will ultimately change. We are not even sure of having a future, ”explained Amélie Beaulé, delegate of the Student Association of Cégep Saint-Laurent.

Spokesperson for FRAPRU and representative of the community, Véronique Laflamme demands, in addition to these commitments, greater taxation of wealth and a contribution by the rich to social programs and public services.

“The most vulnerable people are the first to be affected by the effects of climate change, which are already being felt in Quebec,” she said, referring to the floods and tornadoes of recent weeks.

Politicians not welcome

Several politicians have already signaled their intention to take part in the climate march.

However, spokespersons for the protesters expect those present to make public statements endorsing the demands.

“If politicians do not share our demands, they are not welcome,” warned Mr. Geoffroy.

He also takes stock of the last four years of the outgoing government.

“The CAQ had no environmental plan when they took power. They were forced to engage and make pledges when the population rose up. It took 500,000 people on the street to start taking the issue a bit seriously,” he said.

For her part, Ms. Laflamme also expressed concern, as the party is currently leading in the polls.

“The party that is likely to form the next government has practically not made a commitment to meet what is asked of it,” she denounced.



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