Premiers to develop a national energy strategy for 2015

Posted September 4th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black
Canada's energy resources

The time is now to advance Canada as a global energy leader, and Canada’s premiers are wise to have decided to finalize an energy strategy for 2015.

Canada’s premiers met last week at the annual summer meeting of the Council of the Federation, hosted in Charlottetown, P.E.I. There the premiers agreed to join in the development of a national energy strategy.

For a long time now, I have advocated for the development of a national long-term plan to help guide energy development. Only when we reach consensus as a country can we begin to address some of the urgent challenges we face regarding our energy resources.

I am so pleased with this outcome as it reflects what I believe is so important for Canada, what I am advocating at the Senate Energy Committee, and is reflective of my earlier work as the founding president of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada.

We must capture the value of our energy for every Canadian, now and for the future. I will continue to add my voice in support of responsible energy to ensure it remains a priority. To learn more about my energy priorities, I encourage you to visit my energy webpage.

My Energy Priorities

Posted June 10th, 2014 in Article by Doug Black

From my seat in the Senate and as a member of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, I have the opportunity to lend my voice to the energy conversation.

For more information on my energy priorities, I encourage you to visit

World Wildlife Fund to assess Canada’s freshwater

Posted April 23rd, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

Lake_Louise_17092005Today is Earth Day, the largest environmental event in the world. Earth Day is celebrated in 192 countries as a way to raise awareness and demonstrate support for environmental respect and action.

In Canada, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is doing its part by launching the Freshwater Health Assessment, a project aimed at measuring the health of our rivers and lakes. Continue Reading »

What’s Happening in Senate Committees?

Posted April 8th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

cmittee-roomThe Senate is Canada’s first and best think tank. Through the Senate’s 16 committees, we review legislation and consider issues of importance to Canadians. Last year, we reviewed 48 bills, released 108 public reports and heard from over 1,700 witnesses. You can read these reports and watch videos of meetings at the Senate’s website.

In this video, I talk a little bit about the important work being done right now in Senate committees. If you have any ideas on topics that the Senate should be investigating, send me an email at

N.W.T. Devolution Act Gets Royal Assent

Posted March 31st, 2014 in blog, Legislation by Doug Black

Senator Doug Black with NWT Premier Bob McLeodLast Tuesday, the N.W.T. Devolution Act was given royal assent, completing the long legal process that would transfer power over land and resources to the Government of the Northwest Territories. Continue Reading »