With much of the government’s legislative agenda in limbo amid the COVID-19 crisis, environmental advocates say they’re hopeful the government will still be able to introduce a legislative framework for Canada to meet its pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, pictured on Feb. 24, has been working behind the scenes with Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna on Canada's post-COVID-19 recovery plan. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Environmental groups say they expect green programs to form the backbone of the government’s recovery effort when the COVID-19 crisis abates.
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While a ‘missed opportunity’ in the earlier days of the pandemic, some observers worry tying strings to provincial and territorial access to potentially life-saving vaccines could be seen as ‘unethical.’
With so much of everyday life migrating online due to the pandemic, says Michael Edwards of Sussex Strategy, the potential for engaging political supporters who weren’t initially comfortable doing transactions has grown.
Conservatives say sending the bill to the Ethics Committee is an attempt to distract the committee from its ongoing work on the WE Charity controversy, while Liberals say Ethics is the natural spot for a privacy bill.
‘I don’t need to hear from Chrystia Freeland … about their most recent budget for 90 minutes in order to understand the decision about prorogation,’ says NDP MP Daniel Blaikie of a Liberal-suggested compromise.