Provinces prepare for Ottawa’s Sept 1st submission deadline on carbon tax pricing strategy

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said last week – Nova Scotians won’t be informed what the plan looks like ahead of Ottawa’s Sept. 1st submission deadline

According to the Canadian Press – He told reporters there’s no point in showing it to Nova Scotians before the plan gets approved by Ottawa. – “Once we know what the final system is, then of course we’ll take that to Nova Scotians, but we can’t take a system to them … without knowing what it’s going to be.”

The Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill said the public deserves to know what the government’s plan entails…. and I kind-of agree with him on this one!

The government has made a lot of noise over a long time about how they are valuing transparency, accountability, that everything is up front,” he said. “And here we have one of the most important things about the economy of Nova Scotia, that in fact people aren’t even going to get a glimpse of before it’s gone off for its approval.

According to the Nova Scotia government’s website, implementing a cap-and-trade program would allow the province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective way. It estimates about 20 companies would take part in a program.

It says the province has already reduced emissions by 30 per cent since 2005, and with a carbon pricing system in place it hopes to reach 46 per cent by 2020.

Some Provinces aren’t as convinced

Ottawa has claimed that putting a price on carbon pollution is critical for Canada to meet its climate commitment under the Paris Agreement.

In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford has been vocal about scrapping their province’s cap-and-trade system – McNeil said he will be watching what happens next very closely.

Agreed. He’s not alone. 

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is not a fan. 

Ottawa has put a deadline of Sept 1st for the submission of individual provinces mandate/strategy – and the Federal Government will them work with them to ensure the plan meets their standards.

Any province without a proposal that meets the benchmarks will have a federal program imposed on them.

The new carbon pricing plans will come into effect in January.

Related: 

Ottawa’s Carbon Strategy Submission deadline is THIS WEEKEND

I expect some discussion on both sides as the deadline approaches. 

Travel Tuesday!

Cheers

Kelly!

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