Though it has been sprung on us in a most inappropriate way and at a very unfortunate time, the federal election in Canada on Sept. 20 could be as important to the future of our country as the presidential election in Nov. 2020 was to our American friends.
There is a great deal at stake. If we choose unwisely which party will govern the country over the next four years, we could be going back to square one in dealing with the most serious threat civilization has face in all of human history.
If, as we have proven, we cannot even overcome our ideological differences and set aside our divisiveness to work together as a society to put an end to a global public health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic, can you imagine the uncivil war we will wage interminably among ourselves as the climate emergency intensifies?
As we saw this past summer, the window to prevent the gravest of consequences is closing rapidly. Failure to address the climate threat now will be a catastrophe for Canada and an insult to the rest of the world.
If there was ever a time for fierce, informed citizenship, it is now. No matter which party you support, I urge you to press your candidate hard on climate action.