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World transitioning to a low-carbon economy, but Conservatives make us laggards

By David Crane       

Today, there is not a conservative party—either at the federal or provincial level—that supports carbon pricing or has offered any kind of credible alternative to help Canada meet its international commitment to help the world head off costly and life-threatening climate change.

Federal Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, Alberta premier-elect Jason Kenney, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford. But by putting short-term fossil-fuel politics first, Ford and Kenney, like Scheer, are in danger of themselves becoming political fossils, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and Samantha Wright Allen

TORONTO—Are Conservative parties, federal and provincial, sacrificing Canada’s long-term interests for the prospect of short-term political gains? Rather than seeking to create a Canadian advantage in the transition to an innovative low-carbon world, they seem to be stuck in an older economy where fossil fuels will continue to be king, calculating that public concerns about the costs of that transition can be exploited for votes.

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