Shell was in the midst of a court battle against the World Wildlife Fund's Canadian branch, which claimed that the oil company’s right to the permits had expired. With the announcement from Shell on World Oceans Day on June 8, the case was dropped.
The gas tax fund, however, is the single source of infrastructure funding that is predictable and reliable for municipalities, regardless of who is in government or how large or small the deficit is at any given time.
Environmental threats transcend borders and the prime minister is signalling that responses should too. The U.S. committed to building a milkweed corridor for monarchs along interstate highways. Joined up thinking on issues like this is needed.
McKenna says climate change is 'absolutely' her top priority. 'Right now the federal government is working very hard with provinces and territories, as well as with cities, industry, civil society and Canadians, to prepare our made-in-Canada plan to fight climate change and foster clean growth.'
Economic spinoffs of an LNG industry in Canada, through royalties and various taxes, are massive. When you add that to the positive environmental effects it could have in combating climate change, it’s a win-win situation.