Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Onetime Harper Adviser Resurfaces, Vows to Continue Work on Sustainability

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Onetime Harper Adviser Resurfaces, Vows to Continue Work on Sustainability

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Senior adviser on environment resurfaces

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OTTAWA - A onetime senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been named to a top environmental position at the University of Waterloo, where he'll continue the work he says the government shut down because he was too focused on climate change.

"The roundtable lives," David McLaughlin, the former CEO of the government's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, told The Canadian Press on Monday.

The appointment ends "a bit of a tough row in the last little while," added McLaughlin, a leading public policy expert.

"It rebounded to my professional and financial detriment but you do what you've got to do."

McLaughlin will serve as a strategic adviser on sustainability in the university's faculty of environment. Waterloo is considered a Canadian leader in the field of sustainable development.

"At a time when energy issues, economic issues and the environment are all intertwined -- you can't talk about one E without referencing the other Es -- then you need a place to talk about those things together to both reconcile competing arguments and also figure out policy approaches," he said.

"You have to take the temperature down and you need a place to do that. In the absence of government engagement, then you have to look to universities. I chose Waterloo because I liked its ethos."

McLaughlin is still smarting, however, from the government's decision to shut down the national roundtable, which he helmed for five years. Funding to the group ceased in March 2013.

"I had a board that, in the end, was nine-tenths Conservatives, and even they didn't understand the way the government was dealing with us," he recalled.

"It was all about climate change and to a degree, carbon pricing. The government had been in the zone on cap and trade and a carbon pricing approach to dealing with climate change. …

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