Pushing carbon tax cost research agency its funding, Tories confirm

Minister of Environmen Peter Kent / The Canadian Press

By Heather Scoffield and Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press, 14 May 2012

The federal government has confirmed what the rumour mill suspected: it shut down an arm's length, independent advisory group because it didn't like the advice it was getting on addressing climate change. [...]

Funding for the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) was cut in the last budget, giving the group just one year to live. [...]

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday the shuttering of the round table had more to do with the content of the research itself. [...]

"It may not fit in with the government’s agenda but that’s exactly that point. That’s why we have something called a democracy. You want to have independent voices," Rae told reporters outside the Commons.

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