Trudeau names new Deputy Minister for Environment and Climate Change

Jean-François Tremblay - Government provided file photo
Jean-François Tremblay – Government provided file photo

The Prime Minister of Canada is making some changes in the senior ranks of the public service, including the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Jean-François Tremblay will be the new Deputy Minister of Environment Canada. He replaces Christine Hogan as the top civil servant for the agency.

Tremblay has over 20 years of experience in the federal civil service. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada from 2020 to 2022, the Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services from 2017 to 2020, the Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Communities from 2016 to 2017, and the Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TIC) from 2015 to 2016.

For much of the summer, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has found itself under fire from western premiers who feel the government is infringing on provincial jurisdiction with their recent climate policies.  

In early August, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith called the Net-Zero power regulations proposed by Environment Canada both unconstitutional and irresponsible.

Last spring Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his province will set their own emissions regulations.

Jean-François Tremblay will officially take over the Deputy Minister role on September 18th.

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