On Monday, October 7 2019, Positive Energy will host a major national conference in Ottawa to shine light on these issues, to share the results of cutting-edge research and engagement on polarization, and to identify promising avenues to address it. A marquee line-up of speakers from the energy, environmental, Indigenous, government, industry and academic sectors will focus on these crucial issues for the future of Canada.
A formal invitation with details on speakers, topics, and sessions will follow shortly. For now, please save the date!
Positive Energy was delighted to launch its latest report Canada’s Energy Future in an Age of Climate Change: How Partisanship, Polarization and Parochialism are Eroding Public Confidence, where report authors Monica Gattinger and Michael Cleland presented the study, and thought leaders on Canadian energy and climate policy debated it.
What are the sources of polarization in Canadian politics? Is polarization growing over time? What impact is it having on Canadian governance, and, in particular, on energy politics and decision-making? Does polarization affect public authorities’ ability to make evidence-based decisions? What can be done to reconcile opposing viewpoints and establish a basis for constructive dialogue and decision-making in highly polarized contexts? This panel aimed to tackle these important questions.