Sometimes it's worth reviewing what the Government said a long time ago, to see whether it has carried through on its promises. Case in point is the Government's promise to do something about Greenhouse Gases (GHGs). The Conservatives have repeatedly stated that they will have nothing to do with carbon taxes. Indeed, they have aggressively attacked opposition parties on that very matter. Instead they chose to pursue a "regulatory approach" in sectors where GHGs are produced.
Sometimes I'm asked to justify why we put so much emphasis on one relatively small piece of Canada's emissions puzzle. For starters, if "business as usual" proceeds, emissions from the oil sands will triple from 2005 to 2020.
While we in North America are still waiting for a cap-and-trade system, cap-and-tax, or really anything to put some kind of price on carbon or incentive to reduce emissions, Tokyo is already taking positive strides.