Despite the Liberals’ 2015 commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, the oil and gas industry continues to receive them, says Environmental Defence’s Julia Levin.
A photo of an oil sands operation in Fort McMurray, Alta. The International Institute for Sustainable Development says the federal government's $4.5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline purchase could constitute a subsidy if the pipeline is sold to a private company at a price below market value. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Ten years after the federal government’s commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2025, the Liberals are lagging in slashing funding for non-renewable energy sources.
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A number of unions have registered as third party advertisers in the lead up to the October election, but PSAC, PIPSC and CUPW, all big spenders in 2015, haven't locked down their exact spending goals yet.
Liberal MP Steve MacKinnon, who spoke for all but one Liberal on the committee, says a comprehensive account on the affair is already in the public record, pointing to 13 hours of committee testimony and the commissioner