“NAFTA -Is Climate Change In or Out”?

“NAFTA -Is Climate Change In or Out”?

Andrew Scheer, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, stated that in the NAFTA Negotiations Canada should not propose inclusion of climate change measures. Scheer tagged such measures as “social issues”, along with gender equality and aboriginal rights.  Erin O’Toole, the Conservative Shadow Foreign Minister, characterized these measures as “virtue signalling,”, inferring that they … Read more…

Stay the Course!!

Stay the Course!!

Today’s (March 8) Globe and Mail Headline in the Business Section reads: “Ottawa to stay course on climate: minister.”  Ironically, Canada’s actual climate course is not sufficient to meet its long term commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Less than a year ago Canada signed the Paris Accord, accepting its targets for reduced emissions. For … Read more…

Betting on Michael Chong

Betting on Michael Chong

4RG has written comments generally critical of the fossil fuel policies of the Federal Conservative Party. Lately we noted there are members of that party who recognize the need for action. In our March 2016 blog we gave credit to Michael Chong, Federal MP for the Ontario riding of Wellington- Halton Hills, for advocating the … Read more…

A New Broom

The Conservative Federal Government ended its modest support for renewable energy in January 2010, a decision that it justified by the need for a balanced budget.  Yet the Government maintained much larger subsidies to the fossil fuel industry – which at the time was benefitting from the high price of oil. We suspected that the … Read more…