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Will there ever be a right time for concerted action on climate? 

By Susan Riley      

The climate crisis is accelerating with every passing season. If not now, when? If not us, who?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at his cabinet retreat on Sept. 14, 2020, not too long ago, defended his government’s decision to proceed with a national carbon tax. There have been studies, targets, timelines, promises and threats. There has been talk of a generational shift, of the opportunity presented by the pandemic and ensuing economic chaos for a complete reset, for the dawning of a New Green Age. But the time never seems quite right for actual, transformative action, writes Susan Riley. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

CHELSEA, QUE.—“If not now, when? If not us, who?” That was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not too long ago, defending his government’s decision to proceed with a national carbon tax. The urgency of the climate crisis, the requirement for strong regulation, promises of targeted federal support for green technologies—not to mention the jobs and prosperity that will follow transition to a green economy—they have been the subject of a million Liberal speeches. Predating Trudeau, even.

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News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Abbas Rana
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