The Red Chamber Reaches Out
Richard Neufeld is used to being the focus of attention. From 2001 to 2009, Neufeld served as British Columbia’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources at a time when Premier Gordon Campbell introduced North America’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax. The province was then enjoying a newfound boom in its industrial and energy sectors.
More recently, he toured the offices and town halls of Western Canada’s energy, mining and forestry economies, listening once again to the arguments for and against carbon pricing and its potential impacts on economic growth. A federal Conservative, Neufeld was appointed to represent B.C. in the Senate in 2008 on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose government was then advocating for a national cap and trade system to regulate carbon. During a recent visit to Calgary, Neufeld sat down with Alberta Oil to discuss his committee’s recommendations for the government on pursuing a low-carbon economy.
Senator Richard Neufeld, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources