Canada to impose carbon tax on provinces bucking climate action

The Canadian provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick will have to pay up for failing to plan to curb clim
The Canadian provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick will have to pay up for failing to plan to curb climate pollution

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday his government will impose a federal carbon tax on four out of 10 Canadian provinces that have failed to plan to curb climate pollution.

The provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick will be subject to the Can$20 (US$15) per tonne levy as of January 1, rising to Can$50 in 2022.

"Starting next year, it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada. We are going to place a price on the pollution that causes ," Trudeau said in a speech at a Toronto college.

All proceeds from the tax—to be collected from individuals and industry—will be remitted to households in the form of rebates or used to pay for projects to improve energy efficiency and cut CO2 emissions, making it revenue-neutral and to "help Canadians adjust to this new reality," he said.

Ottawa had worked for two years with the provinces and territories to design plans for each jurisdiction that would allow Canada as a whole to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Canada pledged to reduce its by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

In his speech Trudeau referenced a UN report warning that time is running out to avert disaster, and world leaders' calls to breathe new life into the Paris accord amid backsliding from several nations over commitments made when it was signed in December 2015.

"We are the first generation that has known how to fix this problem. But we are the last generation that will actually be able to do something about it," Trudeau said.

Environmental activists praised the federal move, while the opposition Conservatives and their provincial brethren panned it.

"It will hurt taxpayers, will not be good for the economy and will not help the environment," Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said.

In a statement, Trudeau's office rebutted those claims, noting that provinces that moved early to introduce pollution pricing systems—Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec—had the best economic growth in the country in 2017.

Quebec joined California's cap and trade market while British Columbia, for example, introduced a carbon tax.

In August, Ontario quit the California market and joined Saskatchewan in suing the federal government to try to block it from imposing its on them.

With less than a year to the next federal election, and Tories taking a hard line against the Liberals' carbon pricing, the tax is sure to become a key campaign issue.

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Oct 23, 2018
Hey Justin, carbon dioxide isn't pollution. It's an essential atmospheric gas vital to plant growth, making up only 0.04% of the atmosphere (400 ppm). Without it, all vegetation on earth dies and all animal life does too. More is better for plants, which is why commercial greenhouses pump it up to 1,000 ppm for optimal photosynthesis.

Stop drinking the carbon-dioxide-is-burning-up-the-planet Kool-Aid and learn some science. And economics. Punitive taxes that reduce economic efficiency for no tangible benefit to society is a fool's errand. It penalizes everyone from the manufacturers to the consumers who have to pay higher prices for things, which affects the poorest the most. And it reduces economic growth. Your southern neighbors have demonstrated that robust economic growth reduces unemployment and lifts everyone including the poor.

But never mind science and economics when you look smashing in a skirt.

Oct 23, 2018
While we're taking lessons from the U.S., they've managed to reduce CO2 emissions much more than Canada.


They did it without taxing carbon dioxide emissions. And they managed to grow the economy a lot more than Canada at the same time.

U.S. economic growth (4.2% as of July):

Canada economic growth (0.7% as of July):

But please tax your carbon dioxide emissions. Canada is a lovely place to visit and your economic self-destruction is creating a really favorable exchange rate for us. We're happy to spend our tourist dollars in your country.

Interesting that your economy began to tank when you became the head of the Liberal Party then prime minister. Must be just a coincidence...

Oct 23, 2018
Odd that your CO2 emission data ends in 2014 and your US GDP data starts in 2015. It's almost like you were trying to hide the fact that GDP and CO2 emissions aren't anti-correlated and that the latest CO2 reduction was a direct result of the flaming dumpster fire of an economy that the Republicans left for Obama in 2008. Or trying to hide that the current adminstration's economy is merely riding on Obama's coattails. It would be awful to assume you're that deceitful. I suppose it would be better to chalk it up to mere incompetence and a lack of rational thought.

Oct 23, 2018
This is awesome! It's about time to make this a global effort! Come on China jump on board. Come on Mexico jump on board. Stick it right in Trump's ear. Let's make this happen in all countries.

Oct 23, 2018
This is how it gets done in the US, too. Gonna be a fight though.

Oct 24, 2018
"Odd that your CO2 emission data ends in 2014 and your US GDP data starts in 2015."

I would have thought a numbers guy would have researched how Co2 works, how the atmosphere works and would be able to cobble together the understanding that .00042% of the atmosphere cannot possibly dictate the atmospheres temperature, and that any math that shows it can is a product of statistical gymnastics...but I suppose if you need to push the media induced status quo that ties economics to scientific wouldn't occur to you to do this. Reporting CO2 doom and gloom is a tool for extracting wealth from people with money who don't do scientific research, and a means of garnering funding for "research" supporting a false narrative "scientifically". Why wouldn't you research how a molecule "works" (as in heat storage capacity and release mechanism) before you jump onto a bandwagon? Same reason you are a "physicist" working from home I guess.

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