Canada’s environmental protection portfolio is getting a lot more difficult as it prepares to take on the world’s largest economy.
The federal cabinet is facing a series of questions about whether it will protect the environment and protect jobs in a time of economic downturn.
The Liberal government will have to explain its environmental policies to the country’s voters as it seeks re-election next fall.
And, with that in mind, CBC News has put together an overview of what Canada’s top environmental ministers could do.
The cabinet is looking to the incoming cabinet and the Conservative government to determine what priorities will be priorities in its new environment and climate policy.
The government will be faced with the task of deciding whether to move ahead with a controversial carbon tax, which is expected to raise billions of dollars for climate change initiatives.
In the past, the government has pledged to phase out fossil fuels by 2030, but critics say that may be a tall order.
With the current federal government, the Liberals could also have to answer questions about how much climate change is a threat to Canadians and whether the government can support renewable energy and other low-carbon sources.
The climate and environment portfolios also will be facing questions about the country being a global leader on climate change.
With Canada’s carbon emissions falling, and the country also seeing a slowdown in global warming, that will likely force the government to reconsider its approach.
If Canada wants to be seen as a global climate leader, it needs to lead the way in protecting the planet and helping the world transition to a low-emissions economy.
Here are the top environmental portfolios in Canada: Environment and Climate Change: Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has a reputation for having a strong environmental record.
But McKenna’s tenure has been marred by controversies, including the decision to cut the carbon tax.
She has also had a tough time keeping the government’s environmental policies on track.
She’s been criticized for her recent comments that she thinks climate change poses a threat because it’s caused by humans.
She also has a tough job, facing a task of getting the federal government to implement a climate plan and to implement its own environmental regulations.
But the government is expected this year to release a draft of its environmental plan, which McKenna is expected at the top of the agenda.
The draft will include measures to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions, among other things.
Fisheries and Oceans: Environment Canada has been the focus of a string of controversies recently.
Earlier this year, a report found that a high-ranking official in the department, Kevin MacMillan, had misled the parliamentary committee on environmental assessment by not having signed off on the decision that the federal agency made to pull funding from a project to improve marine protection in the North.
In October, CBC reported that an official with the agency was caught on camera admitting he had lied to a parliamentary committee about his role in the decision.
And in February, Environment Canada was forced to apologize to its employees and to explain why it had not been able to meet its targets for the use of its resources.
Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is expected in the coming months to deliver a major environmental report to cabinet, as well as to outline a new approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environmental record of the federal department.
Natural Resources: In the coming weeks, the Harper government is also expected to unveil a long-term plan for the province’s resource sector, including how it plans to manage the economic and environmental challenges that it faces.
Environment Minister Greg Rickford has been tasked with creating a national plan to deal with the impacts of climate change on the environment.
In February, he announced a plan that included a $5.5-billion climate fund for Alberta’s resource industry.
The plan also called for the creation of a new national strategy to help provinces develop a long term plan to manage their resources.
The national plan will be released this fall and the province will be the first jurisdiction to get it.
The province’s economy is struggling with the effects of a weak commodity price, a drop in crude oil prices, and falling oil prices.
As of March 31, oil prices were down more than 11 per cent.
But with Alberta’s economy growing by more than 15 per cent since last year, Rickford’s plan will help the province grow faster and achieve its economic goals.
Natural resources is the third largest province in Canada, after the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The NDP is expected, in the future, to introduce a national resource plan that will include a plan to improve the environment, and a plan for creating jobs in the industry.