Posted October 12, 2018 11:05:54 The stimulus package being considered by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which was passed by the House of Commons earlier this week, is expected to boost the Canadian economy and bring jobs to the country, but it is not expected to do much for the environment.
The stimulus is currently being negotiated in secret, but Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has told reporters that the plan will be a key component of her government’s next budget, due out in November.
It’s not the only time that the Canada’s government has been in the news for its environmental stewardship, as the government has had to contend with the fallout from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which has been blamed on a spill that killed 11 people and caused $17 billion in damage.
Last year, the government spent $5 billion to clean up the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and McKenna has since vowed to do it again.
However, the bill is expected in the next budget to be much smaller, with a target of $3.5 billion.
“It’s just not a big deal,” McKenna said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“This is a big priority of the government.
We are going to do this in a way that is sustainable.”
McKenna said that she believes the stimulus package will bring more jobs to Canada than the $7.5-billion in stimulus that was previously planned.
The government will also be investing $2 billion to implement a new pilot program for low-carbon energy sources in 2018.
“The $7 billion was supposed to help with energy conservation,” McKenna told reporters.
“And it did a little bit.
We’re going to continue to do that in 2018.”
McKenna also announced that she is sending a new team of negotiators to help negotiate the stimulus.
This week, the Harper government announced that it would also be sending a team of advisers to Canada to help implement the plan.
“As this bill is being negotiated, the Canadian government will send a team to help us with our energy, and we will work with the U.S. and other countries to help them with their energy,” McKenna added.