Two years after being elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer decided it was finally time to get himself a policy on one of the biggest challenges of our times: the threat of climate change.
Unfortunately, the climate plan Scheer chose is so bad that even conservative-leaning columnists are calling it “nonsense” and “a missed opportunity” for real leadership. Even worse, Scheer’s so-called “Real Plan to Protect Our Environment” looks like it could have been written by his friends in the big oil and gas lobby or the policy shop in his ally Doug Ford’s office.
The reviews are in—and they're not pretty. Here’s more of what political watchers are saying about the Conservative climate promise:
“Scheer’s climate pledge is nonsense … Scheer’s plan contains no timeline or deadlines for actually achieving the Paris target of reducing our emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.” — Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun
“It should come as no surprise that the new Conservative climate plan is a Potemkin village of a policy, designed to give the impression of solidity to a fake, precarious construction … this is a missed opportunity. Scheer could have offered a bold vision of a new conservatism, rooted in the desire to preserve and protect the environment.” — John Ivison, National Post
“Andrew Scheer's climate plan would increase emissions … Scheer’s plan looks similar to the platform released recently by a major Canadian oil and gas lobby group.” — Vice News
“Missing from the plan is any concrete notion of how Canada under a Conservative government would meet its Paris greenhouse-gas emission targets … He had a chance to come up with a realistic climate-change plan that does not rely on carbon pricing. He squandered it.” — Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star
“I assume Scheer’s Conservatives will win the votes of only the most woefully confused environmentalists in Canada, if even those. Their target market on this issue is voters who don’t care … a 61-page document from a guy who was really hoping climate change wouldn’t be on the exam.” — Paul Wells, Maclean’s
“He can't say how he would fulfil Canada's international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But he can say he has a ‘plan' — 60 pages and 11,000 words and many nice pictures … maybe he thinks that's enough.” — Aaron Wherry, CBC News
With climate change related disasters increasing in Canada, we simply can’t afford a Prime Minister who takes his cues from Doug Ford and big oil lobbyists. But once again, Andrew Scheer is following the Ontario premier with his climate plan—offering to hand subsidies instead of penalties to the big polluters.