Climate Commissioner highlights Canada’s failings

At the beginning of the year 4RG met with Chaun Chen, M.P. for Scarborough East to review issues relating to climate change. We discussed the failure of successive Canadian Governments to eliminate subsidies of fossil fuels. Chen wrote us advising that the Liberal Government would: “ . . . direct the Department of Finance to … Read more

“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

Exploiting the Arctic

Over many of the last decades, Norway’s wealth grew significantly, thanks to state revenues flowing from North Sea Oil.    During this period Norway was a benefactor to third world countries, assisting them to adopt measures to limit climate change and its impacts. A recent article in the Manchester Guardian commented on the ambivalence of … Read more

Minister McKenna’s response to 4RG’s Letter

On May 6, 2017, 4RG  sent a letter to PM Trudeau suggesting that Canada take the opportunity to use the upcoming renegotiation of NAFTA as an opportunity to strengthen provisions for environmental protection including, of course, climate change concerns. M. Trudeau forwarded it to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. Her response she … Read more

The Reformed Senate of Canada. The Difference it can make!

In 2010 the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources released an interim report that acknowledged “climate change is real and happening now”. The Committee scheduled numerous sessions to receive expert testimony that identified the potential risks created by climate change. The Committee also heard evidence from denialists who disputed that these risks were … Read more

Re-Negotiating NAFTA to cover Climate Change

In the 2016 US Presidential election campaign, Donald Trump promised that if elected he would pull the US out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  To avoid this extreme result, the other NAFTA parties, Mexico and Canada, recently proposed a re-negotiation of NAFTA.  President Trump agreed, and identified specific sectors, such as softwood … Read more

NAFTA and Climate Change

  In his election campaign, President Trump stated that he would “tear up” the Paris Accord.  More recently he has criticized the Accord for imposing on the US a high level of pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an United Nations institution that finances impoverished countries to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate the effects of climate … Read more

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