Canada’s climate change efforts have reached a crossroads. Mounting opposition from some provinces to the Trudeau government’s carbon pricing policy has seriously dented any guarantees that the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change will endure. The federal government is facing an uncomfortable but unavoidable choice. Does it impose carbon pricing on recalcitrant provinces in an election year or not? Acting risks a carbon tax backlash by voters. Not acting risks alienating the federal Liberals’ own voting base on a key policy issue.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured in this file photograph at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. Next year—an election year—is likely to determine whether Canada will act as one on climate or reanimate the fragmented approach of the recent past. If elections matter, this next one promises to be consequential, writes David McLaughlin. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
It began and ended with two new cabinets and two new words: climate change.
People. Policy. Politics. This is an exclusive subscriber-only story.
One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.