Canadian IPCC author Gordon McBean, a world leader on climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction, is expressing his frustration with his government’s dismissive treatment of climate science.
“Recent years, since the beginning of the Harper government, have been very frustrating,” he told Western News. “The only minister of environment who would ever meet with me was Jim Prentice [now Premier of Alberta]. And one of them told the CBC, as far as they were concerned, I didn’t exist.”
He added that “Canada is seen to be the worst performer on climate change in the world now. We repeatedly get what is called the ‘Colossal Fossil’ award, from a consortium of environmental groups, asking, ‘Which country did the most to make sure nothing happened today?’ Canada has won five years in a row.”