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Changing Climates in North American PoliticsInstitutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance$
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Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012997

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.001.0001

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Looking for Leadership: Canada and Climate Change Policy

Looking for Leadership: Canada and Climate Change Policy

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(p.47) 3 Looking for Leadership: Canada and Climate Change Policy
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Changing Climates in North American Politics
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Peter J. Stoett

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.003.0003

This chapter explains that local initiatives will serve as the prevalent climate change policy instruments in Canada in years to come, and argues that it is easier to start climate change policies on a small scale, as individual stakeholders are less likely to be held accountable at a global level. It states that many local initiatives for climate change policy in Canada are greatly dependent on federal funding. The chapter also finds that the limitation of a radical shift in the policy orientation at the federal level will have short-term adverse impacts for those who wanted serious national Canadian greenhouse gas emission mitigation. However, it notes that some positive changes can occur, including the development of more daring provincial, territorial, and municipal policy initiatives which can aid in shaping a more conducive Canadian climate change policy in the future.

Keywords:   climate change, Canada, climate change policy, greenhouse gas emission

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