Premier Brad Wall has taken to social media on Saturday to once again voice his disapproval of a national carbon tax.
On Friday, federal Environment minister Catherine McKenna said in an interview that setting a carbon price is just one climate measure among many, but called it “really important.”
“It’s interesting that large businesses are calling for a price on carbon because they see that as the most efficient way to reduce emissions, to foster innovation and also to provide certainty,” said McKenna.
“Most big energy companies have an internal price on carbon (already), because they know this is going to happen.”
Working groups coming out of next week’s first ministers meeting will “tackle some pretty tough issues,” she said, including carbon pricing, climate change mitigation, specific carbon reduction measures, adaptation, and clean technology development.
Transportation is a big source of Canadian emissions that needs to be addressed, said McKenna, citing electric vehicles as a “direction we want to be going.”
In a Facebook post, Wall, who has said a potential $15-per-tonne minimum carbon price b would “kneecap” the economy and would not be part of his province’s climate policy mix, re-iterates it’s not the time for a new national tax, including carbon.
He says “In case you’re wondering, I won’t be signing any agreement that includes a national carbon tax.”