OTTAWA, Ont.—Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau has sent letters of instruction to his cabinet ministers outlining specific new commitments or providing a time frame on pre-existing ones.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau has been instructed to immediately formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast.
The ban effectively ends the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.
A government-wide commitment to combating climate change is also a common theme.
Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion’s letter cites development of a North American clean energy and environment agreement as a key priority, as well as “making Canada a leader of international efforts to combat climate change.”
Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr are charged with investing in clean technology producers and supporting innovation in clean tech. Carr has also been asked to “modernize the National Energy Board” and support the North American clean energy agreement.
Carr and Finance Minister Bill Morneau are to work with the provinces and territories to “make Canada the world’s most competitive tax jurisdiction” for investment in clean technology, said the Huffington Post.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is asked to provide leadership on reducing emissions, combating climate change and pricing carbon.
Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland is told to implement the massive Canada-Europe free-trade deal, known as CETA, after an agreement in principle was struck in October 2013.
As for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the letter says she may consult on “Canada’s potential participation” in the deal.
“This will include working with relevant ministers and provinces and territories to support adjustment in sectors including agriculture, the auto sector, and compensation for incremental cost increases to public drug plans arising from CETA,” the letter says.
She is also told to expand and deepen trade and investment links with fast-growing economies such as India and China, and to strengthen relations with the United States and Mexico.