As adviser and chair of a climate action group, Godfrey will report to Environment Minister Glen Murray on ways for Ontario to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Ontario is in the midst of a 45-day public consultation period on climate change, as it weighs whether to implement a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax.
The government says the discussion paper will inform its decision — expected to come this spring — on which carbon pricing mechanism to adopt.
The Liberal government committed to carbon pricing in 2008 when it signed the Western Climate Initiative with California and Quebec, which have since created a joint cap-and-trade system.
Godfrey served as a Liberal MP for Don Valley West from 1993 to 2008 and most recently was the headmaster at Toronto French School.
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