OTTAWA – Climate politics are shaping up as a federal election issue in a partisan scenario cautioned against by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, his 2015 encyclical on the environment.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has promised to rescind the controversial Liberal carbon tax that went into effect on Jan. 1 for industry and will apply April 1 on consumer goods such as gasoline and home heating fuels.
It sets up a story line the Pope has urged governments to avoid, situations in which what he called the “myopia of power politics” results in short-term thinking on environmental issues and the elevation of “particular interests