“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

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 change. … Read more

Climate Change: Speak to your MP

For two months Toronto Environmental Organizations (including 4RG) have been meeting with Liberal MP’s for the Greater Toronto area. These meetings were prompted by concerns that the Liberal Government is backing off its policies to reduce climate change, and has abandoned its proposals for electoral reform. A small citizens group visited Rob Oliphant, the MP … Read more

More press release propaganda!

In 2007 our Conservative Government undertook to limit emissions from the fossil fuel industry.   In 2011 and again in 2012, the Government advised that it was drafting regulations to this end.  No such regulations have been issued. The Conservative Government excused its failure by referring to the need for a continental infrastructure that included the … Read more

How could US action toughen Canada’s response to Climate Change?

In our previous blogs we have suggested that President Obama’s commitment to fight climate change could result in direct pressure on Canada to toughen its measures against GHG emissions.  How could this be so?   Aren’t we an independent country? One basis for this result is an agreement collateral to NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement). … Read more