The truth: the head of Climat Québec, Martine Ouellet, exaggerates by saying that the main political parties deny climate change

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THE STATEMENT

The head of Climat Québec, Martine Ouellet, said in a statement that political parties in Quebec are showing “climate denial” which she calls “highly alarming”.

“The CAQ, as well as the PCQ, continue to drive us down with proposals worthy of another century such as the 3rd link, the PLQ and the PQ try to take over by proposing solutions that are largely insufficient, QS and the PVQ, as for them, weaken their political capacity to really act by proposing a panoply of highly divisive commitments on a large number of subjects”, she denounces.

FACTS

Martine Ouellet exaggerates. None of the five parties represented in the National Assembly concretely denies climate change, most actively want to fight against its effects. The PLQ has an entire chapter in its program entitled “Fight climate change”. The chapter on the environment of the Parti Québécois program is called “Responding to the ecological, social and economic challenges of the climate crisis”. That of Quebec solidaire begins with “The global climate crisis is now obvious.”

For its part, the CAQ government added the expression “Fight against climate change” in the official title of its Minister of the Environment. It also adopted a law that puts an end to hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities in Quebec.

Éric Duhaime’s Conservative Party, however, has a less clear-cut platform on the issue of climate change. We can read there that we must act in a “rational way with regard to the effects of climate change, whether caused or not by human activity.”

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