I have been reading the Paris Environment Agreement( http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climatechange) of last week . It is called COP21. I guess this stands for Conference of the Parties , twenty first meeting. Stand to be corrected.
I thought for sure our Princeling would have it on his own website. Nope. Not there. Of course, a Press Release . So what about the Minister of Environment. Well it is now called Environment and Climate Change Canada. Excuse me, Environment Canada was not good enough any more in this political correct world . Nope could not find it there either. One would have thought with all the rhetoric on transparency that this new Government has preached that they would have an agreement they signed on behalf of all Canadians, front and center, for all to read, if they so desired.
Further it would be good to know just how many real dollars have been committed. We know for sure of $2.6 Billion that was committed just before the Conference opened. And as one reads the press releases there is more :
Here is a part of a backgrounder put out by the Ministry :
‘Canada pledged $2.65 billion over the next five years to support developing countries’ transition to low-carbon economies that are both greener and more climate-resilient. This is the most significant Canadian climate finance contribution ever. During COP 21, Canada announced financial support totaling $275 million for the Least Developed Countries Fund, the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems, the G7 Initiative on Climate Risk Insurance, the G7 African Renewable Energy Initiative, and to address short-lived climate pollutants. Canada continues to support countries in need and recognizes the specific circumstances of the least developed countries and small islands developing states.’
Then I found another $35 million, another $50 million and then another $150 million in other separate Ministerial press releases just this month related to international environmental matters. This from a Government that has already announced that it won’t be able to balance the books for the next three years.At this rate , three years is optimistic as the Parliamentary Budget Officer has already said . By the way you can go into the Parliamentary Budget Officer website and have regular updates come to your inbox.
Now notice theses four funds mentioned above . No doubt they will all have their own bureaucracy somewhere and we have to trust that this will all be spent efficiently and effectively. How will we ever know.
I will have more to say as the days and weeks progress. This a just a tiny sampler.