Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again bragged about his government's intention to plant two billion trees across Canada—a proposal and promise he made to teenage activist Greta Thunberg during last year's summer of climate activism.
The Trudeau government's plan to plant the trees over the next decade would require an average of 200 million trees to be planted each year. Thus far, the Trudeau Liberals have yet to plant a single tree.
Despite this, Trudeau still believes in the promise enough to brag about it to a livestream conversation during the Leaders Event for Nature and People on Monday morning—a side event to the United Nations General Assembly.
In what has been seen by some as a case study example of free market action versus government stagnation, Canadian oil company Syncrude announced last week that they had planted 11 million trees—a total of 11 million more than Trudeau's government.
Syncrude is one of the world's largest producers of synthetic crude oil from Canada's oil sands and is the largest single source producer of crude oil in Canada. This year alone the company has been able to cover around 400 hectares with over one million trees and shrubs.
"It was tough to do this work during the pandemic, however, safety has always been a top priority at Syncrude and we had the protocols in place to ensure everyone's health and safety," Eric Girard, Syncrude's vegetation specialist told a reporter.