Cross-country citizen roundtables last fall revealed three-quarters of participants were willing to chip in between 1.5 and 3 per cent of their annual income for a clean-energy economy.
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr's department, through a contribution agreement with Simon Fraser University, funded a series of citizen dialogues last fall across the country on Canada's energy future. The Hill Times file photograph
Energy issues can be a polarizing force in Canadian politics, all too often pitting region against region, or opening up divisions between rural and urban.
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House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.