"Hopefully we won't get bogged down in process and jurisdiction." But the federal official said the country is embarking on an extremely complex task of taking a "patchwork system" and turning it into a national one, adding that at least all the premiers and territorial leaders are coming to Vancouver and are prepared to roll up their sleeves and get down to work. "It's a refreshing to have this level of good will. They are willing to engage. We have to give it try."
The Canadian Climate Action Network, a coalition of environmental groups, says the federal and provincial ministers could create a million new jobs with an aggressive green agenda — powered by almost $81 billion in government spending over the next five years. And even that staggering outlay doesn't address the wide regional differences presented by different economies within Canada.
"Finding ways to equitably share the burden of GHG emission reductions and practical mechanisms to allow regional and national economies to transition to a low-carbon world will test the ingenuity and will of political leaders at home and abroad." The First Minister’s Meeting in Vancouver on March 3 should lay the groundwork for a national carbon tax.
In the meantime Brent Patterson from rabble.ca writes that the Council of Canadians is looking to the federal and provincial governments to commit to "a 100 per cent clean economy by 2050" at a first minister's meeting in Vancouver on Thursday March 3. While the federal and Ontario environment ministers say the highly anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers isn't likely to conclude in a new climate plan for the country, Naomi Klein recently wrote in The Guardian, "The gap between where we are and where we need to be is so great, and the time so short, that small steps simply will not cut it."
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