Friday, October 5, 2018


When Ottawa first said it intended to force a national price on carbon, in the fall of 2016, it was at a time when the majority of governments across Canada were Liberal or carbon-tax friendly. While several of the Atlantic provinces were lukewarm at best to the idea of a carbon price, they still signed onto the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.  A federal official speaking on background said the government needs to have all the reviews done and the plans in place by early December, if a Jan. 1, 2019 implementation date is to be met.
  Now, the list of provinces unwilling or unlikely to comply with the Liberals' carbon pricing plans is growing.  Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba, have rejected carbon pricing; most likely both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will be found lacking in their plans. Newfoundland has not presented a plan yet, and Nova Scotia's cap-and-trade regime may not meet the Liberals' requirements.
   Alberta will be fine for Jan. 1 but Premier Rachel Notley is no longer committing to raising her province's carbon price in line with federal requirements because she is irritated that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in limbo. Regardless, if Notley loses the Alberta election next year to United Conservative Party under Jason Kenney, he intends to kill the carbon tax in that province entirely. 

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