Source: NRDC

Source: NRDC

With an historic election now behind us, what future does the new Canadian government hold for climate change?

Many people voted for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party as a reaction against almost a decade of Harper rule. It’s no secret that Harper’s record on climate was less than ideal. But will Trudeau implement more science-based climate policies? How will his support of the Keystone XL pipeline, his lack of commitment to a specific greenhouse gas reduction for Canada, and his support for the tar sands affect his climate policies?

And to what extent can civil society pressure him on these issues?

Here is an excellent overview of Trudeau’s policies and the challenges he now faces, especially as COP21 in Paris is only a few weeks away:

” At a minimum, pressure is already mounting for Canada to set truly ambitious emission reduction targets and outline currently-missing policies that will be necessary to ensure these reductions are actually made. In doing so, there is huge potential for Canada to embrace a truly 21st-Century, low-carbon economy that will allow the country to move away from its current reliance on the tar sands industry and free itself from the pernicious boom and bust economic cycles that the Harper government and its industry supporters have pressed on the Canadian people for the last decade.”

Read more of the article here.