Montrealers take to the streets demanding climate action from Legault

A large demonstration through downtown Montreal Saturday afternoon demaned the new provincial government to make environmental protection a priority.

Environmentalist organizations had promised beforehand that the event would be one of the biggest events in recent years promoting action on climate change, with thousands having committed beforehand to attend.

An initiative of La Planète s'invite au parlement -- a citizen's collective fighting for environmental issues -- the march is being held two weeks before the new term of the National Assembly begins in Quebec City.  It also comes just one day after Dominic Champagne from Pacte de transition met with Premier François Legault to discuss climate change.  Pacte de transition is another pro-environment group, launched this week, urging the government to act quickly to curb climate change. That organization has received signatures of suppport from over 120,000 Quebecers.

Thousands are gathering in Place des Festivals to march against climate change and to pressure governments prioritize the environment. @CTVMontreal pic.twitter.com/5lcU8Vsh5G

— Angela MacKenzie (@AMacKenzieCTV) November 10, 2018

Terminating at Place du Canada, the march was attended by provincial Environment Minister MarieChantal Chassé and Treasury Board President Christian Dubé, as well as MNAs from opposition parties.

Legault acknowledged at his swearing-in last month that his party should have made firmer commitments to environmental protection during this fall's provincial election campaign.  The new Premier is expected to lay out his plan to address climate change once the National Assembly resumes.