Moving forward on climate change is the top priority in Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s mandate letter to Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray, released last week when the province published Wynne’s written instructions to her entire Cabinet. Murray’s first of eight priorities will be to “lead the development of a new long-term climate change strategy for Ontario,” the Premier wrote. “This strategy will be forward-looking to 2050, and will contain an action plan to help our government achieve its greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2020.” Since “implementing the strategy and achieving our targets will require an all-of-government approach,” Wynne listed 10 other ministries that will play a role in completing the strategy by 2015. Murray will be responsible for engaging the public on climate change and its risks, supporting development of the premiers’ Canadian Energy Strategy, developing new alternative fuel rules for energy-intensive industries, and ensuring that climate change is factored into the government’s decision-making processes.
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