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Jagmeet Singh, the federal NDP leader candidate plans to put a stand to all pipelines across Canada, including Kinder Morgan and Energy East pipelines.
Singh plans to release a 4-page climate change plan.
Singh came under fire from other leadership contenders during a debate last Sunday in St. John’s, N.L., when he did not definitively spell out a position on Kinder Morgan, noting he wanted to consult party members in B.C. and Alberta.
The Ontario MPP now says Canada needs to commit to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, adding this means saying no to both Kinder Morgan and Energy East.
“This is why we must oppose the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the building of the Energy East pipeline,” said his policy document — a copy of which was provided to The Canadian Press.
”Not only does significantly increasing oil production and international oil exports through these pipeline projects undermine our efforts to reduce our emissions, but it conflicts with UNDRIP.”
Singh was not available for an interview on his climate plan but in a statement, he said he thought the debate was too focused on pipelines.
“The pipeline debate too often descends into Alberta bashing and, frankly, if (Alberta Premier) Rachel Notley isn’t re-elected, Canada will never meet its climate targets,” he said.
“The only true test of a climate change plan, after all, is whether carbon is going up or down. A commitment to UNDRIP played a profound role in my decision. First Nations opposition to the Kinder Morgan expansion was decisive for me.”