Trudeau promises to eliminate diesel during Iqaluit visit

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Prime Minister Trudeau, accompanied by Nunavut’s Liberal candidate Megan Pizzo-Lyall, told Nunavumiut his party is the best choice for voters in the fight against climate change during a campaign stop in Iqaluit,. Oct. 8. Rajnesh Sharma/NNSL photos

A day after battling party leaders in the one and only English language debate, Prime Minister Trudeau touched down in Iqaluit touting his government’s pledge to fight climate change and promising to eliminate diesel from all indigenous communities by 2030.

It was Trudeau’s third visit to Iqaluit this year. He arrived Oct. 8 approximately one hour late to the press conference held in Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park with his two children, Ella-Grace Marget Trudeau and Xavier James Trudeau, and Megan Pizzo-Lyall, the Liberal candidate for Nunavut in the upcoming federal election.

 

Trudeau brings his children, Ella-Grace Marget Trudeau and Xavier James Trudeau, and Megan Pizzo-Lyall, the Liberal candidate for Nunavut, to the press release. (Iqaluit, 2019)

Megan quietly stood by Trudeau at the podium, as he spoke to the local and national media plus the New York Times and German Television about the Liberals’ plan to fight against climate change and protect the environment.

“We’ll conserve even more of our land and water. We’ll help home retrofit their homes. We’ll build an economic ecosystem that drives clean tech innovation. We’ll ensure that all indigenous communities are off diesel and instead powered by clean affordable energy like hydro by the year 2030. We’ll hit net zero emissions by the year 2050,” promised Trudeau.

When asked to elaborate on how he plans to get indigenous communities off diesel, he offered no further information.

Several times, Trudeau made an effort to suggest unlike the Liberals, the Conservatives do not have a real plan to fight against climate change and to protect the environment.

Trudeau stated, “Conservatives have promised to rip up the only serious plan to fight climate change that Canada has ever had.”

The lone Nunavut seat in the House of Commons was held by Conservative Leona Aglukkaq from 2008 to 2015. She’s trying to reclaim her seat against a slate of candidates that include Pizzo-Lyall, the NDP’s Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, and the Green Party’s Douglas Roy.

The current MP, Hunter Tootoo, who won as a Liberal in 2015 before leaving the party in 2016 to sit as an independent, is not seeking re-election.

Trudeau promised if re-elected, to work in close partnership with Indigenous peoples and hopes to take the burden off the shoulders of future generations by addressing climate change.

Following the 30 minute press conference, Trudeau, his children and Pizzo-Lyall were driven to the Elders’ Qammaq in downtown Iqaluit. Trudeau walked around the cozy Qammaq introducing himself, his children and his candidate to elders as media took photos. There were about 20 elders, who all seemed very happy to meet the prime minister.

Trudeau visits the Elders’ Qammaq in Iqaluit. He talks with some elders with the intention to find out how climate change is affecting Northern communities.

After the brief 10-minute visit, Trudeau went to chat and take photos with the public, who had been patiently waiting outside the Qammaq. There was a small crowd of 50-100 people consisting mainly of students and Liberal supporters. The atmosphere was energetic as many individuals were excited to meet and take photos with Trudeau.

Trudeau poses for a photograph with young students after meeting the elders at the Elders’ Qammaq in Iqaluit.
Trudeau chats with young local Liberal supporters in Iqaluit, outside the Elders’ Qammaq.

 

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