advice. Everyone has advice. Much of this advice will be completely unrealistic or self-serving, or both, as our new Prime Minister is no doubt aware. I proceed below based on the rather fanciful and probably unrealistic assumption that my case is neither.
Tracey Schmidt’s appointment as Minister for the Environment and Climate Change has been criticized for lacking any “environmental experience”. Anyone with a certain level of observational skills will see that this is nonsense.
The current federal government has appointed a successful businessman as finance minister, a military man as defense secretary, a police officer as security chief, and a career environmentalist as environment and climate change minister, all of which have been spectacular failures. Ta.
“Relevant experience” has never worked well to ensure pastoral success.
No, Schmidt’s success depends on two things. The first is her commitment to her portfolio. And I think that’s for sure, given that she’s from a generation that has an existential stake in addressing climate change. The second thing is, Prime Minister Wab Kinew, the level of support she has from you.
In the recent elections, neither major party said anything substantive about the environment for the simple and really sad reason that they wouldn’t get any votes. Therefore, it takes courage and leadership to elevate a portfolio from its ordinary concurrent status to a major ministry. Oh, and the huge political risks of spending millions of dollars here and there on Lake Winnipeg to save energy and articulating a strategy that doesn’t make much sense if you don’t have the resources to implement it. there is no. But perhaps your government could be one that looks beyond the next election.
Your decisive action to reconstitute the MPI Board was welcomed. Manitoba Hydro’s board of directors should undergo a similar cleaning. Read the company’s integrated resource plan, available on his website.
This is a surprisingly traditional analysis of how to solve a problem that has never been encountered before: how to meet all future energy needs from renewable sources in a decarbonized economy. answer? Natural gas-fired power plant in the medium term!
This hardly seems prescient. As shareholders, we want our company to look beyond its horizons and have a board in place to ensure it does.
Another appointing body that you will definitely consider is the Clean Environment Commission. Some may think this is easy. The Conservative Party-appointed board cannot be called environmentally friendly. But wait a minute. This CEC did something none of its predecessors had done. That said no. At least a conditional no, recommending that the Sio-Silica silica sand mining project not proceed until serious uncertainties are resolved.
Retaining a chair appointed by the previous government has a rare nonpartisan feel.
On the other hand, leaving the direction of this issue to an obscure advisory committee (not the CEC) appointed by the previous administration may not be partisan, but it is unwise. Your Minister for the Environment and Climate Change has that responsibility, and it is an early opportunity to demonstrate her accomplishments.
There is no indication that Manitoba intends to continue its counterproductive resistance to the carbon tax. good show. Taxes won’t solve our climate change problems and will do little to change consumer behavior, but because we get most of them back – the government’s hand is on our side. A bizarre bureaucratic job-creation exercise that rips cash out of pockets, only to be returned months later – not worth fighting with the federal government.
In fact, we need the federal government, or its resources, to address not only health care issues, but even more important in the long run: climate change adaptation.
A starting point for that process could be forming a partnership with the Winnipeg-based Canadian Water Agency. It may be the last best hope for rescuing the newly created agency from the suffocating embrace of Ottawa bureaucracy and ensuring it becomes a truly regional agency with mandatory collaboration with local governments. This partnership could be instrumental in determining how our region can adapt to the large-scale changes brought about by climate change to our water environment.
The point of this unsolicited meandering advice is to implore governments to elevate environmental issues in general, and climate change in particular, to the top of the public agenda.
It doesn’t currently exist in Canada or elsewhere, but natural events over the next decade or so will force it to exist. Want to get a head start? This can be achieved by elevating Minister Schmidt’s portfolio to a senior position. Allocated significant new resources to departments that had been systematically dismantled by the previous administration. Reassign key functions scattered across government (most importantly water) to departments. And most importantly, the Prime Minister provides leadership, without which nothing will happen.
Governments are a cluster of interests, often in conflict and demanding attention. We have to learn to chew gum and climb stairs at the same time. In a complex and threatening world, we must be able to deal with multiple thorny problems simultaneously.
Climate change is one of them. I hope our new government can change the trick.
Norman Brandson is a former deputy minister in Manitoba’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Water Management.