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Justin, please do the right thing

The Editor,

An open letter to Justin Trudeau:

Dear prime minister, I know you've been a little preoccupied lately with the pandemic. But I also know you haven't forgotten about the climate crisis. And with your first budget in two years coming out this spring, I hope you are laying plans for the bold actions needed now.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has in some ways forced us to look away temporarily from the longer-term climate disaster menacing us, it does, at the same time, present an opening: just when massive government spending will be needed to restart our economy after its long, medically induced coma, we also need unprecedented investments into the green economy. Your government's spending during the pandemic has shown that you can find the money when an emergency demands it. And we are in a climate emergency that unfortunately dwarfs the severity of our current medical one.