While we welcome the opportunity to officially transition Canada from coal, comments from the Pembina Institute are spot on. It will be essential for the Trudeau government to put forward a concise plan that sets ambitious targets leading up to 2030. If not, it may risk stagnation in the plan, much like to proposed emissions cuts of British Columbia from 2008.
To see coal be transitioned out of the Canadian energy consumption would present further economic benefits for the country, such as a competitive advantage in clean tech and renewable energy. Furthermore, as the article states, it could reduce the health care costs of provinces all over the country. Hopefully these benefits, along with its role in meeting COP 21 agreements, will be enough to make it an undebatable issue in Canadian politics.