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Political leaders all talk, little action on climate change, McKenna’s no different

By Susan Riley      

•Federal governments have missed two more recent reduction targets and are likely to miss the latest one as well, which calls for a 30 per cent reduction over 2005 levels by 2030. •In her report to Parliament last week, Canada's Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand urged MPs to push the government 'from seemingly endless planning mode into action mode. That shift needs to happen and it needs to happen now because Canada is already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate.'  •The laggards include Catherine McKenna’s own department, Environment Canada and Climate Change, which was supposed to take the lead.

In Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the prime minister has a capable, indefatigable and likeable minister. She is active on social media and everywhere else—jetting off to conferences, meeting with Indigenous people in the North, highlighting green technologies and extolling the wonders of Canada’s national parks and natural heritage. All to the good, but it begins to look like a smoke-screen, at odds with the government’s other pre-occupation— getting Canadian oil to China, writes Susan Riley. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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