Chantal Hébert: Will COVID-19 derail Canada’s action on climate change?

By Chantal Hébert, InsideOttawaValley, April 25, 2020 Canada’s climate-change agenda was a casualty of the 2008 global financial crisis. Will history repeat itself post-pandemic? The 2008 storm hit as voters were headed to the polls in a federal election.

One of its immediate consequences was to sweep the campaign carpet from under then-Liberal leader Stéphane Dion and his climate-change platform

(...)Since 2008, a new cohort of voters has come to the fore, one that, for the most part, does not tend to treat dealing with climate change as a disposable item on its election wish list.

In Canada and abroad, corporate powerhouses have a bigger stake in the transition from a carbon-based economy to a more climate-friendly model than they did a decade ago. Ditto in the case of the majority of MPs, who were elected to the House of Commons only six months ago on proactive climate change platforms. But whether the public and political commitment to addressing climate change will remain strong as minds shift to repairing the damage of the pandemic remains an open question.


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