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POLICY - ENVIRONMENT
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna defended the Liberals' carbon price on Aug. 26 as the federal Conservatives renewed their attacks over its impact on the cost of living after she appeared to back away from comments made in the spring that the tax would not increase beyond $50 per tonne after 2022. New data from the Digital Democracy Project study suggests most Canadians are not in favour of the price on carbon. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Widespread opposition to carbon price, even among left-leaning voters, as price ticks up, study suggests

Despite 74 per cent of respondents expressing support for deeper emissions reductions, only 36 per cent of respondents were in favour of the levy.
Opinion|Amy Kishek
Continued silence on environmental justice will leave space for eco-fascist views to take hold, virtually erasing any efforts made on reconciliation and equity to date.
It’s up to the prime minister to decide if he ‘wants to go into the next election arresting Indigenous communities and leaders,’ says the Squamish Nation council’s Dustin Rivers.
The provincial NDP critic says inquiry is 'only going to increase opposition to energy development in Alberta,' with one expert calling it attempt to put a 'chill' on activism in Canada.
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It may have been unintentional, but the premiers helped define some issues that Canadians need to sort out before the Oct. 21 election.
We won’t stop using oil or gas tomorrow, but we do need to start using a lot less of it right now. Any time we build new energy infrastructure, it should be for improving energy and expanding renewable sources.
Bill C-69 is not about improved environmental protection. It is about forging barriers that create a longer and uncertain process. This uncertainty will make exploration more costly.
With all the major parties recognizing they need to compete on climate policy, that should create openings to address the issue seriously—not dodge it.
MPs and experts say an Australian report on the 'existential risk of climate change' should lead to it being viewed as a national security threat.
The interventions of two human rights experts are a powerful reminder that the people of Grassy Narrows have suffered profound and unacceptable harms and that they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
Opinion|Bob Masterson
Canada needs to capitalize on the opportunity to follow Europe’s example and ensure we’re not bringing any unintended repercussions on businesses and job creators.
The $2.6-billion contract will help reduce emissions by 60 per cent, says Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, but PSAC is concerned with public-private partnerships they say 'regularly fail.'
Any outsourcing of our emissions reductions, including selling our natural gas abroad, needs to be subject to a rigorous, yet-to-be-built international accounting system to ensure real emissions reductions are achieved.
The NDP’s climate platform includes establishing a Climate Accountability Office, investing $3-billion in a Canadian Climate Bank, and increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles on the roads.
We’ve seen firsthand how remote northern communities are rolling up their sleeves and working together to share knowledge, practices and resources.
The truth is that, despite all of the hype over the prime minister’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change, each year Canada is falling further and further behind its emission-reduction targets.
A lot of work will be required to make the transition off of fossil fuels. This should be embraced as a collective, nation-building project.
By fighting climate change and investing in Canadian innovation and clean power, we’re making Canada’s economy cleaner and more competitive.
Climate action is the defining issue of our times. We must also take urgent action to fight climate change.
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