Episode 1.6: Federalism, Party Politics and Environment

The environmental policy process in Canada is complicated. With its division of powers between provinces and the federal government, Canada’s federalist structure has tended to serve as a barrier to achieving consistent nation-wide environmental policy change. In this episode, Dr. Kathryn Harrison and Dr. Andrea Olive walk us through the various factors and players influencing policy development and implementation in Canada. Using carbon pricing as an example, they go into detail regarding how the federal system influences environmental policy in Canada.

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