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Every year, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance travels across Canada to hear from Canadians on their priorities for the federal budget. Clean Energy Canada was invited to present to the committee in Ottawa on October 27, 2016. Our opening statement makes the case that Budget 2017 needs to accelerate Canada’s clean energy…

It’s been two weeks since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons and said that we’re going to have a price on carbon across Canada. And I have to admit: it’s still sinking in. After a decade of polarized debate, we finally have a federal government willing to adopt what is arguably…

VANCOUVER — Merran Smith, executive director of Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s approval of the proposed Pacific Northwest liquified natural gas (LNG) project: “Approving this project is inconsistent with the federal government’s commitments to lead on climate change and clean innovation. “The conditions that come with this…

Graphic from the B.C. Climate Leadership Plan

VANCOUVER—Merran Smith, executive director of Clean Energy Canada and a member of the Government of British Columbia’s Climate Leadership Team, made the following comments in response to the release of the B.C. climate plan:  “A climate leadership plan should do two basic things: cut carbon pollution, and help British Columbians prosper from the shift to…

In the introduction to the Government of British Columbia’s new climate plan, Premier Christy Clark declares: “Our province is committed to being at the forefront of this fight and continuing to demonstrate climate action leadership.” Unfortunately, the Premier’s leadership will be measured by credible action and results—two things that are noticeably absent in this plan….

I know electricity seems mundane to most Canadians. We’re lucky enough to have reliable and predictable power, so as long as your phone is charged and your toaster works, there’s usually no need to give electricity a second thought. But inside the climate community, electricity—or more specifically, clean electricity—occupies a very different place. Many of…

Today’s meeting of the three North American leaders put climate and clean energy at the centre of a packed agenda—an important signal in and of itself. And the leaders took advantage of their time together to deliver several new and promising clean energy commitments. This blog digs into those continent-wide clean energy plans: what they…

We’ve seen both pride and prejudice in the weeks leading up to the release of Ontario’s five year climate action plan. The consultation and pending rollout of the province’s cap-and-trade system, the presentation of legislation to support climate action measures, and the untimely leak of cabinet documents created high drama and left stakeholders and opposition…

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