Canadian News Sep 16, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Trudeau said government would plant two billion trees—zero planted so far

Trudeau's plan to plant two billion trees over ten years was announced just under a year ago when the election campaign was in full swing. To this date, zero trees have been planted under this initiative.

Trudeau said government would plant two billion trees—zero planted so far
Joe Vaughan The Post Millennial
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Trudeau's plan to plant two billion trees over ten years was announced just under a year ago when the election campaign was in full swing. To this date, zero trees have been planted under this initiative, La Presse reports.

On September 27, 2019 the PM went on Twitter to announce the project, “we'll plant two billion trees over the next ten years. That's it. That's the tweet." Conveniently enough, the tweet was sent the same day he was set to meet young environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

The math for this plan looks like this: 200 million trees should have been put in the ground each year, that's about 548k on a daily basis starting with the month of September 2019. Due to the delay in the start of this initiative, more than 222 million trees will have to be put in the ground each year. Thats about 609,000 trees every day.

This file is managed by Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O'Regan. When questioned by La Presse, O'Regan's Press Secretary Ian Cameron said: "Officials are currently preparing a comprehensive plan to fulfill this commitment."

NDP MP, Alexande Boulerice told a reporter "maybe we could have taken the $912 million we wanted to give to WE Charity and sent it directly to students to have them plant trees… the young people would have received the money."

There is no say on when Trudeau's trees will be planted, for now we wait on another unfulfilled promise.

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