CAQ says no to bipartisan environmental caucus after rejecting climate debate – Low Calorie Diets Tips

Opposition parties say Prime Minister François Legault has a terrible environmental record.

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The government of the Avenir Québec coalition on Tuesday refused to create a forum of elected representatives of all parties for the environment.

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The decision comes a week after a non-partisan round table with scientists and politicians took place for the first time. The group was created on the initiative of Sylvian Gaudreault, Parti Québécois MNA for Jonquière, who had long wanted a common forum for elected officials concerned about the climate crisis.

On Tuesday, Gaudreault tabled a motion proposing the formation of a parliamentary circle on climate in the 43rd legislative session after the October elections.

CAQ parliamentary leader Simon Jolin-Barrette refused to allow the motion to be debated.

However, Gaudreault said he had previously made sure he had the support of Environment Secretary Benoit Charette and that the motion had the backing of the Liberal Party, Québec Solidaire and independent MNAs.

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“I don’t get it,” Gaudreault told La Presse Canadienne. “I wanted to at least move the case forward.”

Last week, 30 elected officials from all parties, including the CAQ, attended the meeting. Gaudreault hoped for the birth of a “climate caucus” in the National Assembly after the experience and acceptance of a motion to that effect.

“What we did last week with the three scientists was a success,” he said. “I hope it will definitely inspire those who were there who will continue as MPs in the next legislature.”

Also on Tuesday, Québec Solidaire’s Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois accused Premier François Legault of knowing nothing about the environment after he refused to attend a leader’s debate on the climate crisis during the election campaign.

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A day earlier, the Liberals, Québec solidaire and Parti Québécois eagerly accepted the invitation of the Vire au vert collective to hold such a debate.

According to Nadeau-Dubois, Legault has a terrible environmental record.

“François Legault is unable to speak about the environment for more than five minutes,” he said. “He doesn’t know anything about it, he doesn’t care and that’s why he refuses to talk about it. … He’s been failing all along, and if he refuses to talk about it, it’s because he’s afraid to defend his failures.”

Legault later defended his decision, saying he would already be debating with other leaders during the traditional multi-topic debates on Radio-Canada and TVA.

“It’s important to have two debates,” he said. “(Nadeau-Dubois) will be able to ask any questions, we will be able to debate. The rest of the time what will we do? We will be on the field.”

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Legault also took the opportunity to praise its record. He said he is proud of the extension of the Metro Blue Line in Montreal, the agreement between Hydro-Québec and New York and the purchase of electric buses.

“We are in the process of building the battery sector,” he added. “Québec solidaire is against it, even if it respects European standards. (…) Québec solidaire is an unrealistic party.”

Liberal leader Dominique Anglade also regretted Legault’s refusal to engage in any substantive debate on the climate crisis.

“He’s afraid to discuss his environmental record because he doesn’t have one,” she said. “Most importantly, he has no vision on the environment, no vision on the climate crisis. He didn’t offer anything.”

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