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21 Jan 2016

Green our economy say leaders

Posted by Michael Keating

It’s not every day we get heads of insurance, power generation, food and forestry companies, along with heads of environment groups, a youth leader and a former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations in agreement. In a historic letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, they said Canada must green its economy or be left behind in a changing world. “Before long, the strongest economies will be those that have been rebuilt to run on clean energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, provide vibrant and healthy communities for people to live in, and preserve nature,” they wrote under the title of the Smart Prosperity Initiative. “We believe Canadians want to be masters of our destiny and take the steps needed to build an economy that grows stronger, even as we lighten our environmental impact.” They are ready to offer ideas on greener growth that can create “the next generation of good jobs” and help all parts of the country’s now struggling economy.

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