Canadians are supposed to receive an annual accounting of our federal government's efforts and progress on fighting climate change. It's overdue and Environment Canada won't say why or when it will be released.
“Environment Canada is currently preparing the 2013 Canada’s
Emissions Trends report,” said spokesman Joshua Kirkey, in an email sent
on Friday. “Therefore, they are best positioned to comment on this
The last report,
released on Aug 8, 2012, revealed that Canada’s climate performance was
improving slightly with annual greenhouse gas emissions projected to be
19 per cent above a target agreed to by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in international negotiations.
The analysis was based partly on an annual inventory report of greenhouse gas emissions submitted by Canada to the United Nations that uses some data collected by Statistics Canada.
The federal statistical agency also announced earlier this month it was delaying the release of a major report on income, housing and shelter costs after uncovering a mistake in its calculations.
Statistics Canada declined to say whether it had any discussions with
or direct exchanges of information with Environment Canada about the
Last year’s emissions trends report confirmed that western Canada’s
oilsands industry was the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas
emissions in Canada and that its climate change footprint would be
greater than those of all provinces except for Ontario in 2020. With
mounting pressure from the Obama administration for Canada to
demonstrate it is doing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in
the context of a proposed major pipeline project under review,
Environment Canada has said it is still working on developing those
regulations in partnership with industry and the Alberta government.