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Unifor urges conservative premiers to do better on climate planning

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March 25, 2021 - 12:00 AM

TORONTO—After the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the federal carbon tax is constitutional, Unifor is calling on the conservative provincial governments that have resisted climate action to get to work.

“You can criticize the federal carbon tax all you want, but complaining is not a plan,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Climate change is real and urgent action is the only moral course of action. If you’re a premier who doesn’t think the federal plan suits your jurisdiction, then you must act immediately to raise the bar.”

In the court challenge launched jointly by the conservative governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick, justices sided with the federal government and emphasized that climate change is “a threat of the highest order to the country.”

“The refusal to simply acknowledge climate change at the Conservative Party convention shows that extremists are a powerful force in Erin O’Toole’s office,” said Dias. “In the mainstream, Canadians demand immediate and meaningful action to reverse climate change. If that’s not the federal carbon tax, then the onus is on the nay-sayers to do better, and do it quickly.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews via Facetime, Zoom, or Skype please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).