A Necessary but Unfortunate Ambiguity

In a previous blog (“Having your cake and eating it too”,) we suggested that the Council of the Federation, i.e. the Provincial Premiers, would support pipelines allowing Alberta crude to get to new markets. Earlier this year, Premier Rachel Notley supported the development of the tar sands.  At her first Council meeting, she was diplomatic …

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Energy Strategy and Emission Targets

Past performance suggests that Canada’s progress towards GHG emissions targets will significantly depend on provincial efforts.  The Quebec Government has been the catalyst for discussion by Provincial Premiers (in their capacity as Council of the Federation).   The Premiers are scheduled to meet at Quebec City in April to decide what further efforts should be taken. Leaving the decision …

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Four Years of doing nothing!

One institution that enables citizens to inform the Federal Government of a desired policy is the Petition to the House of Commons.  Four years ago 4RG submitted a petition on the subject of renewable energy.   The petition requested that the Federal Government take immediate steps “ “. . .  to develop in cooperation with the …

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Council of the Federation to meet in Ottawa

What is the Council of the Federation all about?  Right now the Council is the best hope for progress by Canada on the Climate Change Front. Here is our letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne of Ontario.  As a Provincial Premier she is a member of the Council.  She and Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment …

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Climate Change: Key to Canada’s 2015 Federal Election

Our last blog, A Ray of Hope, suggested that the Federal Government might become active on renewable energy after two years of indifference.   What is the basis for this optimism?

First, the Ontario Liberals, who have been very active in promoting renewable energy, now have a comfortable four-year mandate.  The Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glenn Murray, understands the importance and challenges of renewable energy better than any Federal Minister.

Secondly, Quebec, a Province where a great majority of people have constantly supported mitigation of climate change, now has a Liberal Government that intends to move forward on this neglected area.

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