Policy Analysis

A Minority Government and Climate Change: What does Canada's new political landscape mean for northern residents now experiencing the impacts of climate change?

By Mary May Simon on June 29, 2004

Canada's first minority government in 25 years will have to ensure it acts on environmental and sustainable development issues if it is to maintain support from the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Quebecois. According to IISD Board Member Mary Simon, climate change should be at the top of the Liberal government's environmental priority list. As someone with close connections to Canada's north she is well aware of climate change's "profound implications for the social, cultural and economic well-being of the 50,000 aboriginal people who live in the Canadian Arctic".