The federal government failed to spend $321-million Parliament approved for “environmentally responsible” programs last year—nearly one-third of the money that was available for that purpose.
Meanwhile department spent $438,319,980 on programs that primarily support the oil and gas industry through research and marketing development, with support also for mining and forestry.
The total was $41,618,530 more than the department had planned through its main estimates for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Opposition MPs accused the government of giving priority to the natural resource sector—particularly the oil and gas industry and the oil sands—at the expense of spending more to develop alternative energy sources and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from carbon-based fuels.
(Source: The Hill Times)