There has been a discernible decline in interest to the posts related to the P-CEC, however, as the expression goes, “there are still more tales to tell”. This Phase will look at two more of those on the list of “collaborators” connected to Bruce Lourie and the Ivey Foundation.
It is important to understand one of the most influential “collaborators” in the P-CEC, is the self-proclaimed, “Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission,” and they have recently called for the “carbon tax” to be increased to $210 a tonne! As this article is being written our new Environment and Climate Change Minister, Jonathon Wilkinson is in Madrid, Spain, attending the UN’s COP25 conference and it’s an unknown as to what he will promise on Canada’s behalf but be prepared for further hits to your pocketbook.
Up to this point we have connected Bruce Lourie to seven (7) collaborators, including the Ivey Foundation where he is the existing President. This will suggest there are at least two more they are connected with on the P-CEC list. They are:
Trottier Family Foundation—a P-CEC “collaborator” Visiting the Trottier website one is struck by their vision to “make a meaningful and positive impact on the world”. The co-founder of the Foundation is Lorne Trottier who along with Bruce Lourie sits as an “advisor” to the Ecofiscal Commission. The Trottier Foundation is a member of the Lourie founded CEGN (relabeled as Environment Funders Canada) and provided $80K in grants from 2016-2018. They also donated to the Clean Economy Fund and as previously called; Summerhill Foundation (a Lourie creation) and granted them $225K from 2016-2018. In 2016 The Trottier Foundation reputedly donated $315.5K to the Ivey Foundation but Ivey Foundation’s filing with the CRA and their 2016 annual report both fail to indicate they received that donation. It appears the CRA failed to note this discrepancy!
The Trottier Foundation in their 2018 CRA filing had total revenue of just over $13 million and $7.7 million of that came from charitable donations they received and issued tax receipts for. The “Foundation” then reputedly handed out $9.7 million to “qualified donees” with one of the larger ones ($650K) made to The David Suzuki Foundation and one for $660K was handed out to McGill University, presumably to support the Ecofiscal Commission. In 2017 the Foundation’s gross revenue was just over $90 million of which $81,5 million was donations where they issued tax receipts. It seems truly odd that a charitable foundation such at this would seek charitable donations to the extent of the two years reviewed unless there were perhaps, favourable tax benefits for the donators? Unfortunately, the CRA doesn’t seem to require any declarations on who donates to these “charitable foundations” or one might be able to reach a conclusion as to why that happened. The Trottier Foundation has one (1) permanent staff member so it’s unclear how they will add a lot of “expert” input to whatever it is the P-CEC researches and recommends to the new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.
Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR), University of Calgary—a P-CEC “collaborator CESAR’s report is a collaborative effort with the Institut de l’energie Trottier, Polytechnique Montreal as noted in their opening preamble: “This report was initiated by the Ivey Foundation in December 2017 as a way to integrate the work of the authors with the discussions that occurred in a number of workshops over the past two years (see Appendix 1). The purpose of this report is to make recommendations on how to achieve the objectives laid out by Canada and the provinces in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change . The authors thank the Ivey Foundation for their support of, and assistance with, this work. We also appreciate the critical input and advice from the following reviewers: Ralph Torrie, Robert Hoffman, Lorne Johnson, Bruce Lourie, Katherine Wynne-Edwards and the staff at CESAR. DBL is grateful to the Edmonton Community Foundation, without whose support many of the ideas presented here would not have been developed. LB thanks the Trottier Family Foundation for supporting energy and climate change related initiatives that helped in the production of this report. While the two authors of the report David B. Layzell, PhD, FRSC of the University of Calgary and Louis Beaumier, MASc, Executive Director, Institut de l’énergie Trottier (IET), Polytechnique Montréal thanked the Ivey Foundation, the Trottier Family Foundation and the Edmonton Community Foundation it was impossible to locate information as to the actual funds supplied by the three foundations for this summary report other than a $20K donation by the Ivey Foundation.
The odd thing about the latter’s donation is another donation Ivey Foundation reported on their website for 2017 for $100K sounded exactly what they wanted to obtain from CESAR as it said the following:
“Engaging and Supporting the federal government’s implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to ensure meaningful actions on both carbon pricing and complementary policies.”
The donation was for another Lourie connection where he was Chair of the Board ie: Environmental Defence! A search of the Ivey Foundation’s filings with the CRA for the 2017 year failed to locate that donation so one must assume either the Ivey Foundation was wrong in making the statement or they didn’t report it to the CRA!
It should be noted the Institut de l’énergie Trottier (IET), Polytechnique Montréal is another of the P-CEC chosen “collaborators” as are the Ivey and Trottier Foundations.
The review prepared by the two “experts” pulled together various recommendations developed at several other events* focused on climate change and recommended; “the establishment of an Institute [Working title: Canadian Climate Change and Clean Growth Institute (C4G Institute)] with a mandate to build capacity across Canada for systems change modelling and analysis. It would provide governments (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) with independent science- and evidence-based analysis, policy options and advice regarding how they could meet their Framework commitments related to climate change and clean growth.” It is obvious the P-CEC announced on April 9 2019 was predestined to happen however the title suggested by Messrs. Layzell and Beaumier wasn’t chosen!
The above brings the Ivey/Lourie related connections to nine of the chosen members of the P-CEC including the Institut de l’énergie Trottier (IET). It highlights his impressive ability to bring together so many climate change advocates located across the country and augment that with donated funds for the research to the current government they seek to convince us of the actions they plan.
Surely the results will culminate in a higher carbon tax and other pressures resulting in the citizens of Canada suffering from a reduced standard of living but will fail to reduce global emissions.
NB: The next one in the series will be the final one!
*Many of the events were initiated and/or sponsored by the Ivey Foundation or the Trottier Family Foundation and Natural Resources Canada were a participant in a few of them.