Newman: Should the Canadian government put a price on carbon?

By: /
11 October, 2012

To answer this question one must first answer another:

Is the Canadian Government serious about reaching Green House Gas Emissions reduction targets?

If the answer to that question is yes, then the answer to the carbon pricing question should also be yes.

Experts in the climate debate generally agree there can be no effective GHG reduction program without a price on carbon; either an assigned dollar amount or through a cap and trade system.

A third question: Will the current Canadian government put a price on carbon?

Short answer: No.

Before you click away, we’d like to ask you for a favour … 

Journalism in Canada has suffered a devastating decline over the last two decades. Dozens of newspapers and outlets have shuttered. Remaining newsrooms are smaller. Nowhere is this erosion more acute than in the coverage of foreign policy and international news. It’s expensive, and Canadians, oceans away from most international upheavals, pay the outside world comparatively little attention.

At Open Canada, we believe this must change. If anything, the pandemic has taught us we can’t afford to ignore the changing world. What’s more, we believe, most Canadians don’t want to. Many of us, after all, come from somewhere else and have connections that reach around the world.

Our mission is to build a conversation that involves everyone — not just politicians, academics and policy makers. We need your help to do so. Your support helps us find stories and pay writers to tell them. It helps us grow that conversation. It helps us encourage more Canadians to play an active role in shaping our country’s place in the world.

Become a Supporter