Final Report by the Task Force on Just Transition for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities: section 2
First and foremost, we would like to thank every person who welcomed us into their community, took the time to meet with us, or to write us. Our report would not be possible without the contributions of Canadian coal workers and communities. Hearing directly from workers, their family members, community leaders, employers, government officials, and other stakeholders has been an eye-opening, instructive, and moving experience. We thank everyone for their constructive advice, heartfelt accounts, and support for a just transition.
We would like to express our gratitude to Canada’s labour movement for advocating for the creation of our Task Force. Because of their foresight and dedication, the Government of Canada now has the advice it needs to implement a just transition plan for Canadian coal power workers and communities.
We would like to acknowledge the Honourable Catherine McKenna, P.C., M.P., Minister of Environment and Climate Change for launching our Task Force. Her decision to do so demonstrates her commitment to finding practical ways to support workers and communities affected by the Government of Canada’s climate change policies, including the phase-out of traditional coal-fired electricity.
We would also like to recognize the Task Force’s Co-Chairs, Hassan Yussuff and Lois Corbett. As Co-Chairs, they showed exemplary leadership and unwavering dedication throughout our mandate.
Lastly, we would like to thank our Secretariat, based at Environment and Climate Change Canada, for their commitment, hard work, and professionalism throughout our mandate.
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