Day After O’Toole Says “Debate Is Over” On Issue, Conservative Delegates Vote Against Adding ‘Climate Change Is Real’ To Party Policy


The motion was most heavily opposed in Western Canada and Ontario, and a majority of delegates voted it down. In his well-delivered though short on actual details speech to the CPC convention, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole declared that “the debate is over” on climate change.Today, Conservative delegates said otherwise. 54% of delegates voted down an attempt to add ‘climate change is real’ and Canada must be ‘willing to act’ on the issue to their official party policy book. The motion also pushed for ‘highly-polluting businesses’ to take ‘more responsibility to cut emissions.’ Now, the motion was clearly something that was playing into the Liberal framing on the issue. The Liberals have repeatedly said ‘climate change is real and we must be willing to act,’ and then pretended that somehow means the only option is to weaken the Canadian energy sector and impose a carbon tax that drives away jobs, pushes out investment, and makes everything more expensive.

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