Letter to the Editor
This past Wednesday, January 27th, Sault Climate Hub held their first seminar series topic covering Sault Ste. Marie’s new climate change plan.
As municipal governments everywhere step up to help with the systemic problems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a local level, we need top down federal action that works in sync with President Biden’s plans.
In the 2019 election, PM Trudeau promised to introduce a Just Transition Act which states, “ensuring that workers have access to the training and support they need to succeed in the new clean economy.” But, Trudeau has barely mentioned it since.
Now that US President Biden has cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline, it’s clear the fossil fuel era is ending. Workers can’t keep waiting for help with the transition. They need action now. It’s time for Trudeau to keep his promise to workers and legislate the Just Transition Act.
A Just Transition Act would mean finally creating retraining programs for workers in the oil industry and generating thousands of good jobs that are in line with the needs of a green economy.
It’s clear that workers, our communities, and the planet need action now. Let’s hope the federal government can make it happen.