Canadian politics

Youth deliver climate message to Justin Trudeau

PM ignores activists in Toronto who want him to stop the Energy East pipeline
Nicky Young

Justin Trudeau ignored youth climate activists in Toronto this morning, so we asked them what message they were hoping to deliver the prime minister.

Trudeau has done an excellent job at portraying himself as a younger, more progressive, and more accessible leader. He even named himself Canada’s minister of youth.

Today’s action puts that reputation in question, as Trudeau smiled and waved while completely ignoring a group of young people hoping to speak with him about the environment.

Ben Donato-Woodger, one of the protesters, is by no means a new face to Justin Trudeau, although it is the first time he has been able to access him since he became PM. Donato-Woodger had the pleasure of being invited on stage by Trudeau when he attempted to interrupt him regarding the same issue at a book launch last year.

Since that time, Trudeau has come to power and his tone seems to have changed. At the book launch, Trudeau used Donato-Woodger’s question about the Energy East pipeline as an opportunity to attack his political rival’s environmental reputation and make some vague promises about sustainable development. Now the tables have turned and Trudeau is the figure with the power to stop projects like Energy East that threaten to prevent Canada from meeting emission reduction targets.

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