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We've changed the political landscape -- and now the real work begins. r1

Paov,

I’m not quite sure how to feel this morning. I feel like we’ve all been on a month-long rollercoaster ride together and it’s finally starting to slow down -- but it’s not over yet.

Last night, Canada elected another Liberal minority government. In many ways, it seems like we’re right back where we started at the beginning of the election -- and that’s frustrating.

But, in many ways, the political landscape of this country has been permanently transformed. Let me explain.

First, it’s clear that this is the first election where the climate emergency was the top issue for voters across the country -- and politicians took notice with parties and candidates competing to stand out as climate champions. This is in no small part thanks to tens of thousands of people just like you who took action to demand that politicians start acting like we’re in a climate emergency. Thank you.

We’re also seeing how powerful it is when climate voters unite behind... champions who can change the status quo of climate inaction in Canada. In total, we’ve elected 7 climate champions so far: Laurel Collins, Elizabeth May, Matthew Green, Leah Gazan, Peter Julian, Richard Cannings and Blake Desjarlais. In Edmonton Griesbach, climate-concerned voters across party lines united to unseat notable Conservative climate denier Kerry Diotte and elect one of our endorsed climate champions, Blake Desjarlais. Running as a first time political contender, Desjarlais built a powerful grassroots movement to connect with thousands of Albertans around a new way forward for workers and communities.

And, after last night, it’s also clear that championing bold climate action is a game-changing political strategy. 3 of our top endorsed candidates are still neck-and-neck in their respective ridings. Take Vancouver Granville for instance. In a riding considered a shoo-in for the Liberals just a month ago, our elected climate champion, Anjali Appadurai -- a long time climate activist who entered politics to fight for action on the climate emergency -- is still neck-and-neck with her Liberal opponent in a too-close-to-call race. It’s clear that her bold vision for a Green New Deal style response to the climate emergency allowed her to unite voters against Liberal climate delay. A similar story is at play in Parkdale—High Park and Davenport, two key ridings in Toronto, where climate champions Paul Taylor and Alejandra Bravo are still in the running to unseat their Liberal opponents.

Most importantly, let’s remember that Trudeau called this election because he was sure that he could win a majority. Given the Liberal government’s climate record, we know that would have been a devastating outcome. Last night’s result gives our movement more power to push for a cross-partisan effort to tackle the climate emergency. And we have no time to waste.

A couple weeks before the election, Natural Resources Canada launched a consultation on Justin Trudeau’s long promised Just Transition Act. This consultation is our best chance to deliver a clear mandate to our new government immediately after the election. But the public feedback period will close in 10 days so we have to act fast.

We’ve set up an easy one-click tool that will add your voice to the consultations. Take action now to make sure you're heard. We’ll also make sure that Trudeau and every single federal party leader gets your message.

We’re coming out of a summer with unprecedented wildfires, heatwaves, and floods that brought the climate emergency to our doorstep like never before. We need a Just Transition off fossil fuels and we need it to be done right. That means Canada’s Just Transition Act must follow these 3 principles:

  1. Listen to the science and ensure a rapid transition off fossil fuels;
  2. Put people first by supporting workers and communities through the transition to 100% renewable energy;
  3. Guarantee a good, green, unionized job to anyone who wants one.

Together, let's send a clear signal that we need big, bold Just Transition legislation that leaves no one behind.

This election was never going to solve the climate crisis, and as frustrating as it was, I think we’re in a better place now than we were before it happened. We’re coming out of it with more allies in the House of Commons than we had before the writ dropped. But, as always, the real work begins after polls close.

Let’s build the movement we need to ensure that our newly elected government meets the climate emergency at the scale it demands.

Onwards,

Atiya


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