Every Canadian province could soon have either a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says those are the only two ways to price carbon, making them the only options available to the provinces.
McKenna is currently working on establishing a national carbon price, which the government will introduce this fall.
She says 80 per cent of Canadians already live in provinces where there’s a carbon price or where one’s on the way, including B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
But one of the holdouts, Saskatchewan, is deeply opposed to either approach. Another possible debate could occur over the specifics of the carbon price; McKenna hints that she wants to see it grow over time, beyond B.C.’s current $30 a tonne.
It’s all part of the Liberal government’s goal of achieving a plan to meet its international climate-change commitments, something that’s never existed in Canada.
(The Canadian Press)