·  by Mark Rowlinson and Tim Gray   ·  Hill Times Op-Ed

Just Transition Needed for Canada’s Climate Change Plans

It was significant to hear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say, during his visit last week with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, that “Canadians help other Canadians when they are facing tough times ... and that’s what we’re going to do.”

As we act on climate change Canadians will need to continue to help other Canadians through some tough times.  The drop in oil prices and the resulting jump in unemployment are causing hardship for many workers and communities in Alberta and other parts of Canada. As our Prime Minister and First Ministers set in motion the real work of transitioning to a low carbon economy, they must remember the communities and workers who have a lot at stake in this transition.

Whether the price of Canadian oil rebounds to its previous record highs or it settles in at today’s bottom of the barrel value, sooner rather than later all “carbon intensive” employers and employees will be face-to-face with the global need to produce less carbon dioxide.

Complete article in the Hill Times

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