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 and engaged …

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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 till April …

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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 Provinces of …

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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 and Climate …

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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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A Ray of Hope

Three years ago For Our Grandchildren (4RG) submitted a petition requesting the Federal Government to cooperate with the Provinces to develop a national policy on Renewable Energy by 2014.

In January 2012 we received a response from the Honourable Joe Oliver. He said nothing whatsoever about a national policy on Renewable Energy by 2014 or any other year!    See our blogFederal Government short-changes Renewable Energy”.

At the 2007 a meeting of the Council of the Federation, the Provincial Premiers explored the prospects for a national policy.  They did not anticipate the indifference of the Federal Government, which was too busy selling the tar sands internationally to be concerned about renewables.

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The need for a Canada-wide strategy on renewable energy

This spring many of our neighbours signed a petition requesting the Ontario Legislature to

“. . . ask the Government of Ontario to submit the subject of a national policy on renewable energy for consideration at the August 2013 EMMC Conference (the Energy and Mines Minister’s Conference) and exercise leadership in developing this policy in conjunction with the Government of Canada and other Provinces and the Territories, and report to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario after this Conference on steps to be taken to develop a policy for Renewable Energy in Canada.”

Naturally we communicated our intention before we set about knocking on doors to collect signatures.

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