The overwhelming re-election of Alison Redford as Premier of
Alberta last week has given a boost to the clean energy policy
ambitions of the Winnipeg Consensus.
The Consensus was launched by a group of think tanks from across
the country, focusing on the role of energy in Canada's
environmental and economic future. After initial discussions
between the think tanks, negotiations were broadened to include
federal and provincial representatives. Québec Premier, Jean
Charest, and Alberta Premier, Alison Redford, are reported to be
strong supporters of the Consensus, and to be pushing for a
countrywide strategy at the Premiers' meeting this summer. This could
be good news.
The Council of the Federation already calls on all Canadians to
play a stronger role on climate change:
All Canadians have an important role to play in reducing
greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the environment and adapting
to the effects of climate change.
In 2010, the Consensus released a report calling for a Canadian Clean Energy Strategy, including a
price on carbon. According to the Consensus, Canada needs a
Canadian Clean Energy Strategy that will:
Enhance our Economic Prosperity and Energy Advantage by:
Supporting a full and diverse range of energy sources while
recognizing the regional diversity and mix of energy resources as a
core Canadian advantage.
Enabling Canadians to capture the economic opportunities
inherent in the global movement towards lower carbon products,
services and technologies.
Seeking out new markets for energy exports, while maintaining a
healthy trade relationship with the U.S.
Making energy innovation a cornerstone of Canada's success
in a competitive continental and global economy.
Ensuring energy access and security for Canadians, and for our
Demonstrate our Environmental Leadership by:
Minimizing the environmental impact of energy production and
maximize waste reduction.
Maximizing energy conservation at home.
Building Canada's global brand and reputation.
Developing appropriate market and regulatory tools, including a
price on carbon.
Create a Stronger Federation by:
Providing a coordinated structure and framework to encourage
Contributing to policy coherence and collaboration among all
orders of government on required investments and
Engaging Canadians as consumers and citizens in supporting
Economists, banks, and major industries have been calling for
years for a price on carbon. Could Alison Redford and the Winnipeg
Consensus finally persuade the federal government to impose
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