New Advisory Group to Help Build Cross-Partisan Consensus on Climate

Members include veterans of Liberals, Conservatives, and NDP.

Canadian climate policy organization Clean Prosperity announces the formation of a new advisory group featuring high-profile political and policy strategists from across the political spectrum. 

The purpose of the new Clean Prosperity Public Affairs Advisory Group is to advise the organization in its efforts to build a cross-partisan consensus on climate policy, with a focus on carbon pricing at the federal level. Members include:

  • Ken Boessenkool (Chair): J.W. McConnell Professor of Practice at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University; former Senior Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chief of Staff to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark
  • Janet Annesley: Senior Vice President at Husky Energy; former Chief of Staff to Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr 
  • Barinder S. Bhullar: Principal, Mainland Strategies Inc.; former Director of Policy to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark
  • Mitch Davidson: Executive Director, StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy and Economy; former Executive Director of Policy for Ontario Premier Doug Ford 
  • Matthew Mendelsohn: Visiting Professor, Ryerson University; former Deputy Secretary to the Federal Cabinet under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 
  • Marcella Munro: Owner, WPM Public Affairs; former Chief of Staff to the Alberta Minister of Energy Margaret Ellen McCuaig-Boyd 
  • Jamison Steeve: Senior Advisor, Policy, Strategy and Solutions at Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society; former Principal Secretary to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty

“For Canada to meet its climate targets and maintain its competitiveness, we need stable climate policy that helps our private sector create value in a low-carbon world. We hope this new advisory group can help us turn down the partisan temperature and find areas of common ground on the critical need for smart and enduring climate policy,” said Clean Prosperity Executive Director Michael Bernstein.

“We’ve assembled an impressive group that represents all the major parties and key industries. Each individual on the group has given policy advice to governments on, among many other things, energy and climate change,” said Ken Boessenkool, who will serve as Chair of the new Public Affairs Advisory Group. 

Advisors serve on a volunteer basis and do not necessarily endorse all policies proposed by Clean Prosperity. 

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