On March 9, 2015, former Liberal MP John Godfrey was appointed special advisor to the Ontario government on climate change and chair of the government’s new climate action group. Godfrey’s role will include providing strategic advice and recommendations to Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, to help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission targets and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy.
As discussed here, Ontario is currently in the midst of a 45-day public review and comment period on climate change, following the government’s release of its climate change discussion paper. The paper, which identifies the risks and challenges associated with climate change in Ontario, and the public comment period will help inform the government’s decision on its climate change strategy, as it weighs which carbon pricing mechanism to adopt in the province. Currently, Quebec utilizes a cap-and-trade system while British Columbia has a carbon tax.