Whither Canadian Climate Policy in the Trump Era?
The Canadian Government has outlined a national plan to meet its climate commitments under the International Paris Climate Accord. But implementing the plan has been complicated by the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency. Trump has announced plans to pull the US out of the Paris Accord and is eliminating or scaling back many Obama-era climate initiatives. Canada’s close relationship with the U.S. means that it could face political and economic consequences if it moves too far ahead of its neighbour on climate policy. This chapter asks: what are the prospects that Canada will stay the course to implement the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change PCF given the latest American developments? We examine greenhouse gas emission trends in both countries, policies at the sectoral level, and the role of provinces and states, and conclude that Canada has numerous incentives to stay the multilateral course while remaining attentive to its bilateral relationship with the US.
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