When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected just over a year ago, he promised to make climate change a priority for his new government. So far, he’s been following through on that promise, as evidenced by the framework he presented to the provincial governments last week outlining a strategy to tackle the issue. But with two premiers abstaining from signing the agreement, he may have his work cut out for him to convince all of Canada.
The framework outlines a number of commitments by the provinces, such as:
- New building codes that require energy efficient design and technology
- Building stations for electric vehicle charging
- Increasing investment into cleaner forms of energy and smart grid technology
- Reducing emissions from the oil and gas sector
The agreement is being heralded by clean energy advocates as an important step towards Canada meeting its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets, when Trudeau hopes to see Canada powered by 90 percent clean energy. It also opens up new potential economic opportunities, opening doors for Canadian businesses and the growing global market for clean energy solutions.
Yet again, however, serious regional differences apply. Both Saskatchewan and Manitoba refused to sign onto the agreement: Saskatchewan thanks to the controversial carbon pricing scheme and Manitoba because it is concentrating on healthcare initiatives. Trudeau may have inadvertently exposed some of the stark regional differences associated with doing business in Canada.
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