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Canadian industry is ‘addicted to fossil fuels,’ but the Green Party can change that, says Elizabeth May

Canadian industry is ‘addicted to fossil fuels,’ but the Green Party can change that, says Elizabeth May

Goal isn’t to come up with something politically palatable, it’s to secure future: May

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May joins climate change activists and students as they gather in Calgary for a protest and ‘die-in,’ on the steps of the Calgary Municipal Building in Calgary on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says Canadians want action on climate change, but are stymied by living in a society “hardwired to fossil fuel use.”

“It’s very hard for an individual to take action in a system that’s still subsidising fossil fuels, that’s still promoting the idea that we can expand the oil sands,” May told The Current’s interim host Laura Lynch.

She said that what’s needed is leadership and programs that help and encourage people to make sustainable choices, such as putting solar panels on their roofs, or plugging in their cars rather than stopping at the gas station.

“These are really good choices for the future, but almost impossible for the individual to do … against a structure in society that says we’re addicted to fossil fuels, and we think that’s just fine,” she said.

“It’s not fine. We have to stop doing it.”

On Wednesday, May told CBC News she wouldn’t prop up a minority government that moves forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

If the Green Party wins enough seats, May said they could hold “the balance of responsibility” to tell the bigger parties “we won’t let you get past the very first confidence vote, unless we see absolute evidence, a change in our target, a commitment to real action.”

She stressed that her party is more interested in securing a sustainable future for the planet than advancing its own political power.

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