March 31, 2016
Council of Canadians campaigners comment on Trudeau' Budget: Federal budget falls short on promises
Emma Lui, Michael Butler, Andrea Harden-Donahue
For further commentary from Emma on the budget in relation to municipal water and wastewater infrastructure, ocean and freshwater science and research, restoring freshwater protections, Great Lakes protection, please see her Council of Canadians lukewarm on water funding in federal budget blog.
For additional analysis from Michael, please see his Budget 2016: still waiting for the health care litmus test blog.
And Ottawa-based energy and climate justice campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue writes, "The Council of Canadians, alongside many voices, has been calling for an elimination of subsidies to the fossil fuel sector for years. Canada publicly promised to phase out these subsidies along with other G20 nations in 2009. In its 2015 report, Oil Change International and Overseas Development Institute found Canada provides $1.8 billion CAD in federal subsidies yearly to fossil fuel producers. Further, Export Development Canada, owned by our government, provides as much as $6 billion yearly to energy producers. Budget 2016 was a lost opportunity to redirect funds from climate change causing industries to climate solutions. There was nothing in the budget cutting back these significant subsidies."
Andrea highlights, "The budget also did not remove a capital cost allowance for controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects that have the potential to balloon BC’s climate pollution, along with raising other serious environmental and social concerns."
For further commentary from Andrea on the budget in relation to funding for environmental assessments, green infrastructure investments, and more, please see her Budget 2016 on Pipelines, Green Infrastructure Spending and Climate blog.
For commentary on the federal budget from allies including Unifor, CUPE, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, please click here.
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