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Flanked by provincial MLAs and federal candidates in downtown Winnipeg, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh pledged to comprehensively combat climate change and electrify local public transport by 2030.

“This is a crisis of epic proportions,” Singh told a crowd at the University of Winnipeg’s Leatherdale Hall.

He greeted the youthful climate activist Greta Thunberg and her speech on Monday in which she scolded world leaders at the United Nations in New York.


Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh meets with students Tuesday during an announcement at the University of Winnipeg. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)

“She said very urgently, ‘How dare you? How dare you take no action in the face of the climate crisis? .

“You are seeing the effects of extreme weather conditions – the floods and forest fires that we see here in Manitoba.”

An NDP government, he promised, would act. It would invest $ 15 billion in a climate change plan, including electrifying public buses and building an east-west “clean energy corridor,” a power transmission line through Canada.

“We have to do it, we can’t afford it,” said Singh, who promised to end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh was surrounded by candidates and supporters Tuesday during a stop at the University of Winnipeg. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)</p>
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<p>NDP federal chairman Jagmeet Singh was surrounded by candidates and supporters during a stop at the University of Winnipeg on Tuesday.  (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press)</p>
<p>When asked how the NDP would fund the plan, Singh said the Liberal government had given billions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and billions spent buying a pipeline.  The climate protection plan provides for investments in clean energy, such as the switch to electric local buses by 2030, which would create jobs at New Flyer Industries in Winnipeg, among other things.			</p>
<p>An NDP government would work closely with communities on such projects, said Singh, who did not have the details of such a funding agreement.			</p>
<p>“We have a moral and legal obligation to address the crisis,” he said, blaming Justin Trudeau’s liberal government for paying lip service to climate change with “pretty words and empty promises”.  He said the Trudeau government is committed to the petroleum industry and corporate interests and has met with lobbyists 1,500 times in the past two years.			</p>
<p>An NDP government would put the public good first, Singh vowed, adding that the party would ensure that indigenous communities “have a seat at the table.”			</p>
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After Carol spent 20 years reporting on the growing diversity of people who called Manitoba home, Carol moved to the legislature in early 2020.

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