Bridging the gap between the general electorate and a Conservative base that has an aversion to actual society-wide incentives on climate change will be a test, no matter who winds up as leader.
Conservative Party leadership contenders Marilyn Gladu, left, Peter MacKay, middle, and Erin O’Toole, right, participated in a Feb. 8 event for party faithful in Halifax. It was an early manifestation of the very dicey situation Conservatives continue to face on issues like climate change, writes Les Whittington. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and file photograph
OTTAWA—Here’s Peter MacKay’s take on Canada’s responsibility to help address the global climate change emergency:
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'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
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.
As the epidemic reshapes everything, it’s time for the country to put aside traditional convictions and economic frameworks and try to pull together to build a future better suited to a changing, endangered world.
Furey’s greatest challenge will not be enthusiasm or passion, but rather the provincial political system that has rarely rewarded disruption and provides benefits for ward keepers who do not shake things up.