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Why climate change is central issue in our election campaign

By David Crane      

Making the transition to a low-carbon world will be disruptive, expensive, will take time, and won’t happen without the right mix of regulations and incentives to ensure that public and private markets follow through. We don’t have that needed policy mix today.

Prime Minister and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, pictured Sept. 11, 2019, at Rideau Hall after announcing the federal election had begun that day. The Liberals, if re-elected, are promising not only to exceed Canada’s climate change target for 2030, but also to enact legislation so that Canada reaches net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. That is an ambitious target, considering that we are currently not on track to reach our 2030 commitment, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—The Liberals, if re-elected, are promising not only to exceed Canada’s climate change target for 2030, but also to enact legislation so that Canada reaches net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. That is an ambitious target, considering that we are currently not on track to reach our 2030 commitment.

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