OTTAWA — Iron & Earth, a not-for-profit led by fossil fuel industry workers, is calling on officials to back up green recovery commitments with speedy funding policy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech from the throne was delivered by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette on Sept. 23.
The group stated the speech shows significant government alignment with its call to “recover forward” by rapidly decarbonizing the economy. The group stated its members were especially supportive of commitments to create one million new jobs, accelerate infrastructure investments in Indigenous communities, enact a youth-focused skills strategy and implement more aggressive 2030 carbon emissions targets.
“We strongly support the commitment made by the federal government today to make the largest investment into worker training in history,” said Bruce Wilson, Iron & Earth board member and former GM at Shell International, in a statement. “This training must include a significant focus on rapid upskilling for energy workers to ensure that we harness their knowledge and skills to build a world-class net-zero economy for Canada.”
The organization noted it recently released four key policy recommendations for a green recovery, and called for $110 billion in funding. Wilson added the upcoming federal fiscal update should show this level of federal investment in green commitments.