"Leaked government document says Canada should end fossil fuel subsidies"

The Pembina Institute's Clare Demerse posts on a leaked briefing note that advised the federal Minister of the Environment to phase out subsidies to the fossil fuel sector in advance of the upcoming G20 summit in Toronto. The recommendations follow a commitment made by G20 leaders last year in Pittsburgh to "phase out and rationalize over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies."

We believe that living up to our commitment is the right thing to do, both for economic and environmental reasons. And thanks to today's media reports, we now know that very senior officials inside the federal government have made a persuasive case that Canada needs to end its tax breaks to fossil fuel companies