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Seven political winners for Trudeau to strengthen environmental protection

By David R. Boyd      

Canada is the only wealthy industrialized country lacking a national plan to reduce the terrible toll that environmental hazards, from air and water pollution to contaminated food and toxic substances, inflict on our health.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Feb. 8 in Ottawa. David Boyd says other vitally important environmental policy issues have been deferred. Work needs to begin shortly in order to lay the foundations for ongoing progress in the second half of this government’s term. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

PENDER ISLAND, B.C.—In Ottawa, the machinery of government is reversing course after a decade of environmental backsliding. Newly-minted Cabinet ministers and reinvigorated public servants are scrambling to fulfill the extensive green commitments set forth in the Liberal platform, Throne Speech, and mandate letters. Barring some unexpected cataclysm, it seems likely that most of these pledges will be fulfilled over the course of the next 18 to 24 months.

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