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Policy Briefing: Transport Policy Briefing
When discussing marine shipping in the Arctic, the answer—as with most questions on the North—requires a whole of government approach, writes Conservative Senator Dennis Patterson. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

Canada’s current approach to Arctic short-term in nature

These bills create a web of legislation that could negatively impact the future economic viability of the North without allowing for northerners to make those decisions for themselves.
Canadians should no longer accept the absence of a national transportation strategy. It is time to build one and build one doing some of the heavy lifting to avoid climate catastrophe.
Opinion|Mark Robbins
With 2019 seeing multiple overlapping efforts to promote openness in government, better data management and effective co-creative processes for policy creation and service delivery, there is a lot of constructive energy that can be put to use towards this objective. The trick will be to turn good intentions and opportunity into meaningful action.
Marc Garneau also addresses questions on federal zero-emissions vehicle policy, modernizing the country's port authority system, and investments in improving trade routes in the North.
Experts say the Canadian icebreaking fleet isn't sufficient for current or future needs. As climate change breaks Arctic ice, the ships will become more important for the security of communities and marine shipping routes.
The government will decide in the coming months how it will support its goal of increasing the use of zero-emission vehicles in Canada.
Opinion|
As long as the Liberals are in government, Canada’s oil transportation system will not see any real solutions, writes Conservative MP Kellie Block.
For Canadian ports to be competitive and best in class, the minister of transport needs to relinquish some measure of control over port boards, particularly with respect to board appointments, and expand the number of representatives to include regional interests served. The airport model provides good guidance for the minister.
The correct government policy response to this issue is to reduce legal and regulatory uncertainty surrounding pipeline projects and for the federal government to assert its authority over interprovincial pipelines.
Plans for a national zero-emission vehicle strategy were announced in 2017, but without provincial consensus, the scope of a national policy will likely be narrowed.
Relative to pipelines, rail remains a less energy efficient and more emissions-intensive alternative to transporting crude oil in Canada. Policymakers and business leaders should pay closer attention to this blind spot, as it impacts the efficiency of Canada’s transportation system, our environment, and it imposes incremental climate change costs on all Canadians.
News|Neil Moss
There have been 136 overruns since the infamous Air France Flight 358 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport in August 2005.

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