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Pushing carbon tax cost research agency its funding, Tories confirm
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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