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Carbon continentalism.

THE OBAMA EFFECT is reverberating right into the heart of Environment Canada. On January 15, 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the unprecedented move of appointing Bob Hamilton to the newly created position of associate deputy minister of environment. In this role, Hamilton, an economist, is expected to be Canada's carbon-trading deal maker.

Hamilton has worked in the Department of Finance since 1985, rising to the position of senior assistant deputy minister of the tax policy branch before a short stint last year as the associate secretary of the Treasury Board.

Insiders predict that Hamilton's re-assignment from finance to environment heralds a change of policy. Harper has been promising a domestic carbon trading program, whereas it now appears that Canada may want to join up with President Obama and our neighbours to the south. It is reported that Hamilton will be considering a North America-wide carbon trading scheme.


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Author:Ross, Nicola
Publication:Alternatives Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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