Carbon49 - a blog on sustainability for Canadian businesses: Federal Election Reshapes Canada’s Climate Policy Landscape

History was made in Canada’s federal election on May 2. Conservative gets majority goverment while New Democrat serves as Opposition for the first time. How will this alter federal policies on energy, environment, and climate change? Let’s examine the parties’ environmental platforms, their gains and losses, followed by how Canada’s federal policies may change.

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Some coincidental feedback

I am at the garage for some work this morning. The owner, a Thornhill resident and I were chatting about the election. He told me that he was so incensed about the Liberals forcing an election that he and his wife voted Conservative, rather than Libera…

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Catch 22’s first look at the election…

This is a high level summary of campaign results in ridings identified by the Catch 22 campaign. Over the coming weekend, we’ll publish an editorial. Then in a few weeks we’ll put out a more detailed look at our campaign – strengths and weaknesses, what worked and what didn’t etc. Once that is done, the campaign will be wrapped up.

Obviously, we did not get the overall results we were looking for. With less than a 2% increase in the popular vote, Harper was successful at boosting his…

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Take off, eh?: Quick Quiz: Rebuilding the Party

Rebuilding the Liberal party is going to take:

A) 6-12 months, if we push it and find the right leader.

B) 2-4 years, to make sure we are ready to regain power after the next election

C) 8-1O years, if we’re lucky.

I think part of the cause of the party’s recent setback has been too many people choosing A) or B) after the last couple of election losses.

The result? Option C) may be the new default.

One aspect of this that I think has been missed all around is that it takes time for leaders to make an impression, and more than just a couple years for Canadians to get to know them and warm up to them. Like it or not, we have to resolve to stick with our next leader for a long haul, perhaps even after an election loss (*gasp!*).

Another factor in the NDP and Conservatives success is that their respective leaders have been around long enough for people, average voters who aren’t hard wired into politics, to get to know them and get comfortable with them. Unfortunately, Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff were never given this opportunity, so we’ll never know how well they could have eventually done. We shouldn’t make this mistake again, tempting as it is to try to find someone who will resonate with voters and enjoy a greater immediate success (has this ever happened?)

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