November 20, 2018 | Earlier this month, more than 50,000 marchers descended on downtown Montreal demanding action on climate change. Although Quebec’s new business-minded Premier François Legault did not make climate change the focus of his successful election campaign, he is responding to this public demand. While conservative premiers in some provinces, including Ontario, reject carbon pricing, Legault supports it. In Quebec, that means the province’s carbon market, in effect since 2013, will be sustained.
Montreal-based consultant Christopher Neal was formerly communications adviser to the World Bank’s Energy Global Practice. Johanne Whitmore is senior researcher at HEC Montréal’s Chair in Energy Sector Management.