The politics of climate, and the climate of politics

November 6, 2013

Canada 2020′s April 2013 event, How to sell carbon pricing to Canadians showed the time is right to talk seriously about climate change in this country.

How do Canadians really feel about climate change? Whom do they think should take the lead on addressing it? And what is the best mechanism to do so?

At this event, Canada 2020 will discuss our new poll tackling these questions and more. Comparative data from the U.S. will help place Canadians’ views in context and shed light on the prospects for international cooperation.

This event is made possible through the generous support of The McCall MacBain Foundation, Bombardier Transportation, Teck and individual donors.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
4:30 to 6:00 PM, Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa


The politics of climate and the climate of politics picks up where we left off earlier this year, presenting new polling data, from a National Survey of Canadian Public Opinion on Climate Change conducted by the University of Montreal in conjunction with Canada 2020.

Download the results, view interactive maps and cast your own vote at

Our panel will focus on the strategic and electoral importance of climate issues in both Canada and the U.S.

Background materials:

Featured Participants

Chris Borick

Muhlenberg College Bio

David Jacobson

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bio

David McLaughlin

University of Waterloo Bio

Diana Carney

Canada 2020 Advisory Board Bio

Erick Lachapelle

University of Montreal Bio

Scott Vaughan

International Institute for Sustainable Development Bio

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  1. I and my fellow volunteers at Citizens Climate Lobby Ottawa (see FB) and approximately 130 local chapters of Citizens Climate Lobby in Canada and the US are heartened and informed by yourhigh profile efforts to bring a carbon tax into the Canadian conversation. Economists – but few others – know that a significant and rising pollution tax on CO2 (& other GHG) emmissions is THE ESSENTIAL economic lever for relatively rapid global transition to renewable energy,which is humanity’s escape route from looming catastrophic climate change. CCL volunteers advocate through public education, traditional and social media and by building relationships with their elected representatives. We support a “fee and dividend” or revenue neutral carbon tax, with (ideally) all revenues returned to citizens to help with higher energy prices. This culture-changing approach will encourage lower carbon footprints by individuals and corporations. BRAVO to Canada 2020; we’ll be attending and listening to this very important event.

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