This article points out that the Tories are trying to be climate realists. It should also give my libertarian friends a chuckle. I am not at all unhappy about what this aticle says.
While the Constitution treats the environment as a shared responsibility, Conservatives want to rewrite the rules "so the federal government doesn't have a role at all," she says. That fits with Harper's "libertarian" notion that government is largely an impediment to peoples' lives, outside of providing a few basic services.
For evidence, she cites the recent budget, which announced that environmental reviews of major energy projects would now be undertaken by the National Energy Board and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission --both regarded as pro-industry -- rather than the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, established in 1994.
This bombshell, mostly overlooked in an otherwise uneventful budget, was followed by a low-key announcement that the environment minister will now have wide-ranging powers to limit environmental assessments of contentious projects to specific elements -- a road into the site, for instance, or a nearby waterway.
Environment Minister Jim Prentice insists his government remains committed to oversight and his goal is only to reduce needless delay and duplication.