EGL In Conversation: What’s next for climate change after the election?

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 20192:00PM - 4:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West
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Climate change and climate policy were key issues in the October election and while the re-election of a Liberal government promises some stability in national climate policy, the political landscape is such that the future of Canadian climate policy is uncertain. The Liberal minority government clearly received a signal that climate change is important to the Canadian electorate and the necessity of support from parties with even more aggressive climate priorities could push the government towards more far-reaching ambitions and policies. Of course, the Liberal minority government also clearly received a signal that climate policy is unpopular in the prairies and Alberta and the provincial-federal relationship will continue to be a fraught one on this file. So, with the new cabinet set to be sworn in on November 20 and the next global climate meeting kicking off shortly after on December 2, join the EGL in a conversation about the prospects for Canadian climate action.

This EGL conversation will be a panel with four distinguished guests:

Catherine Abreu is Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada. She is an internationally recognized, award-winning campaigner whose work centres on building powerful coalitions to advance transformative action on climate change.

Christopher Cochrane is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Left and Right: The Small World of Political Ideas (MQUP, 2015) and is an expert on Canadian politics, ideology, and party competition.

Andrew Leach is an energy and environmental economist and is Associate Professor at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. In 2015, Leach was Chair of Alberta’s Climate Change Leadership Panel.

Heather Millar is a political scientist specializing in comparative public policy and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. She is an expert in Canadian provincial energy and climate politics.

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