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Paul Boothe | The rhetoric on climate change leadership needs to change

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  • Dec 3, 2015
Paul Boothe | The rhetoric on climate change leadership needs to change

Although Canada’s plan to reduce greenhouse gases is making headlines and raising awareness, there is still much work ahead.

In his op-ed for Maclean’s, Professor Paul Boothe, Director of the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management and former deputy minister at Environment Canada, said Canada is by no means a “leader” compared to other countries in the fight against climate change.

Boothe let the data speak for itself concerning where Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions per capita fit in on a global scale.

“The numbers don’t lie. Canada has been a laggard, not a leader, in the fight against climate change,” said Boothe. “We have a long way to go to catch up to the pack. That said, we are finally back in the race and that is a very good thing. However, we should be under no illusion—it’s all hard work from here.”