Open thread: 2022 Liberal-NDP consent and supply agreement

The Trudeau Liberals have made a supply and confidence agreement with Jagmeet Singh’s NDP.

According to the CBC, the climate-related elements are:

“A commitment to phasing out federal government support for the fossil fuel sector — including funding from Crown corporations — starting in 2022.

A commitment to finding new ‘ways to further accelerate the trajectory’ to a net zero economy by 2050.

A ‘Clean Jobs Training Centre’ to support retraining for energy workers as Canada moves away from fossil fuels.

Pretty weak sauce, I’d say, when we’re beginning to experience a potentially civilization-ending calamity, but that’s the state of Canadian politics today.

4 thoughts on “Open thread: 2022 Liberal-NDP consent and supply agreement”

  1. The two parties are pledging to advance measures to reduce emissions by 2030 and have recommitted the government to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050. Meanwhile, steps will be taken in 2022 to move forward on the creation of the Clean Jobs Training Centre, another Liberal campaign promise, to help industrial and trade workers develop new skills in a zero-carbon industry.

    Unsurprisingly, both sides have doubled down on their longstanding promises to phase out public financing of the fossil fuel sector, including Crown corporations, starting in 2022. Likewise, they are committing to move forward on home energy efficiency programs, noting that a key component will be creating Canadian supply chains and making sure jobs stay in the country.

  2. “On Wednesday, a little more than a week after the Liberals and New Democrats announced a historic confidence-and-supply agreement, NDP MP Laurel Collins rose in the House of Commons and attacked the government’s new climate plan, saying it lacks “ambition” and offers “massive subsidies to unproven carbon capture technology.”

    “The government continues to put the interests of big oil and gas above protecting the workers who are impacted by the climate crisis,” she said.

    Maybe Collins would have been even less generous if the Liberal-NDP accord didn’t exist. But her critical read of the Liberal plan might dash any thoughts that the new governing agreement means Liberals and New Democrats will spend the next three years holding hands and singing the old CCF campaign song.

    Less than two weeks into the life of the confidence-and-supply agreement, it’s still too early to say what it will mean in practice. But the novelty hasn’t worn off yet.”

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