Statement from Environmental Defence’s Keith Brooks on Ontario’s constitutional challenge to the federal carbon price

Today the Ontario government announced a constitutional challenge to a federal plan to put a price on carbon pollution. This challenge works directly against what is acknowledged by economists as the most cost-effective tool in the fight against climate change.

The claim that carbon pricing will kill jobs may be powerful rhetoric, but it’s simply not true. The four provinces that had carbon pricing in place – BC, Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario – led Canada in GDP growth in 2017. Alberta’s unemployment rate has dropped from 8.7 per cent in January 2017, when they introduced carbon pricing, to 6.5 per cent today. Alberta is projected to lead Canada in economic growth in 2018, while B.C. has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada.

The same goes in Ontario. There is no evidence that cap and trade hurt Ontario’s economy. In fact, in 2017, the first year of cap-and-trade, employment rose steadily with Ontario adding 155,000 new jobs.

Forest fires are raging across Ontario, causing catastrophic damage to people’s homes and lives.  Our government has the opportunity to show leadership by addressing the root cause of this damage – the carbon pollution pumping into to the atmosphere every single day.

More background about the impacts of Ontario’s cap-and-trade program can be found here:

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