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Canada’s Energy Future: An Integrated Path

Report by Jason Churchill, Len Coad, Maureen Dickson

In this report, Jason Churchill, Len Coad, and Maureen Dickson propose that Canada’s energy policy must take into consideration the international obligations to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions, and environmental protection for present and future generations of Canadians. The authors note that the energy policy (in place at the time of their writing) emerged at a time when GHG emissions did not concern policy- makers. At the time, policy-makers adopted a market-based policy that limited government intervention in the export of energy to protect consumers and stop abuse of market share. This policy allowed Canada to emerge as a leader in energy exports.

With the emergence of the oilsands, Canada’s role in the energy market has increased. The authors suggest, however, that this development coincides with a new interest in environmental protection and GHG emissions reduction. The authors assert that for Canada’s energy sector to flourish in this new era, a more integrated policy must be adopted that considers both economic and environmental imperatives. Further, they argue this policy should include strategies for low-carbon-emission technologies, as well as an attractive investment climate, to encourage innovation. Churchill, Coad, and Dickson conclude that the federal government should take the lead in harmonizing policies and filling existing gaps in export and energy policy while being careful not to encroach on provincial jurisdiction. They contend the federal government should lead, not by incursion on provincial duties, but by harmonizing and integrating provincial views and actions.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Jason Churchill; Len Coad; Maureen Dickson;
Publisher: Conference Board of Canada [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2007; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Energy
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral / Energy
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral
Policy Articles / Environment & Climate / Energy / 2007
Policy Articles / Regional & Sectoral / Energy / 2007

Keywords / Tags:

energy sector; exports; federal policy; environment; green house gas; emissions; intervention; division of powers; integrated policy;