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Canada: From Early Frontrunner to Plodding Anchorman

Glen Toner

in Implementing Sustainable Development

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780199242016
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599736 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242011.003.0003
 Canada: From  Early Frontrunner to Plodding Anchorman

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Analyses efforts of the Canadian federal government to come to terms with sustainable development. It highlights innovative characteristics of Canadian policy including the 1990 Green Plan, the later establishment of the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainable Development, and the system of departmental sustainable development strategies The chapter argues that Canada's role as an enthusiastic advocate of engagement with sustainable development slackened as the 1990s advanced. This is particularly true with respect to climate change where the government adopted a cautious approach to the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

Keywords: Canada; environmental policy; governance; implementation; sustainable development

Chapter.  13198 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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