N.D.P. pledges to cut Canada's emissions by nearly half

The federal NDP is pledging to cut Canada's emissions almost in half over the next decade.

The pledge is part of a climate change motion the party is expected to bring forward in the House of Commons today.

New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh says the motion forms the broad strokes of his climate change action platform for the fall federal action.

It includes a promise to slash emissions in line with what the United Nations recommends, which would mean they'd have to be close to half of what they are now.

The NDP would also eliminate federal aid for the fossil fuel industry, and slam the door on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Singh says the motion today has nothing to do with the fact the party was defeated soundly by the Green Party in a British Columbia byelection a week ago.