Trudeau set to make climate announcement as MPs prepare for holiday break

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to address details of the sweeping promises his government made on the plan for mitigating the economic and environmental impacts of rapid climate change.

Trudeau is scheduled to hold a press conference at noon on Friday along with Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, who was a prominent environmental activist with the group Equiterre before entering politics.

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In the September throne speech and in the federal election campaign last fall, the Liberals made ambitious promises including a pledge to exceed the 2030 emissions reductions targets under the Paris Accord, and to get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Those plans also included a promise to ban some single-use plastics by the end of 2021, a move that comes as Canadians are increasingly turning back to using disposable plastics amid the pandemic.

But the government has faced criticism for a lack of detail on exactly how it plans to achieve those goals, and how much the sweeping climate agenda could cost.

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This fall, Trudeau announced the government will legislate the targets for reducing emissions.

He acknowledged, however, that plan only works if future governments do not repeal the legislation.

The announcement on Friday comes as the House of Commons prepares to rise after a raucous fall session amid spiking coronavirus cases.

It also comes amid growing concerns about misinformation targeting Canadians online on everything from the safety of vaccines to the Liberal plans to move toward a green economy.

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