Statement by Environmental Defence’s Dale Marshall on the effectiveness of carbon pricing in Canada

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2018

Ottawa, Ont. – As research released today shows, carbon pricing is an effective policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and should be part of any credible plan to fight climate change.

Today’s report from the federal government is consistent with past research—carbon pricing can reduce carbon emissions with little impact on economic activity. We’ve already seen four provinces implement carbon pricing while surpassing the Canadian average in economic growth. It’s also why seven of the world’s 10 largest economies have already adopted carbon pricing.

The Conservatives claim that if they form government they will reach Canada’s 2030 commitment under the Paris Agreement without the use of carbon pricing. That may be possible, but it would require government to undertake an aggressive regulatory approach, something that they were unable or unwilling to do under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Given that Canada’s climate framework is already an estimated 66 million tonnes short of the Paris target, every element of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change needs to be implemented as stringently and urgently as possible. The federal government needs to introduce carbon pricing legislation as soon as possible so it can become law and start to be applied January 1, 2019.

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