Has the November 4, 2008 election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States spurred a hopeful trend towards convergence of Federal and Provincial climate change policy in Canada? During the campaign, Obama committed to implement a US federal cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions 80 percent by 2050 and to invest $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.1 Recent events show that most leaders in Canada, even members of the Canada's oil and gas industry, are closely monitoring developments in the US. However, it is not clear at this early stage whether the goal of maintaining harmonious environmental standards with Canada’s most important trade partner will be sufficient to overcome the differences that are manifest in the hodgepodge of Canadian approaches to climate change.

type Climate Change Bulletin - November 28, 2008 - Canadian Legislators Turn Their Attention to Washington for Direction on Climate Change