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Huron-Bruce Candidates Discuss Climate Change

Huron-Bruce | by Fadi Didi  

Federal nominees for Huron-Bruce discuss their party's approach to battling climate change.

Home to thousands of acres of farmland, shoreline, and natural space, climate change has become a hot topic for federal election candidates in Huron and Bruce counties.

Conservative candidate Ben Lobb says his party's approach involves three parts: investing in green technology, promoting the environment, and promoting environmentally-friendly Canadian products worldwide.

Lobb says a Tory government would make their approach to environmental practices work with the economy, including a better approach to the current recycling system, and tightening sewage standards.

For Liberal nominee Allan Thompson, putting a price on carbon emissions is critical to curbing the country's carbon output.

Thompson says his party would gradually move away from fossil fuels, by providing the business community incentives for investing in green technologies.

He says nuclear energy will play a big role in future green energy production.

New Democrat Tony McQuail says investment in green energy technology would be made through higher taxes on wealthier Canadians.

McQuail says an NDP government would create a program that would help farmers sequester carbon through the planting and use of cover crops, that would help ward off flooding events and drought.

Green Party candidate Nicolas Wendler has stated publicly the Green Party would roll back carbon emissions to 2005 levels by 2030, continue the carbon tax, and invest in geothermal energy among other initiatives.

Peoples' Party of Canada candidate, Kevin Klerks, in previous debates, voiced the PPC's goal of pulling Canada out of the Paris Accord on climate change.

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