A carbon price for Canada

Welcome to the federal election that could impose a national carbon-pricing scheme on Canadians to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change.

Based on party platforms, public statements by the leaders and government documents, here’s what the national parties are proposing.

  • AlanUK

    SORRY – OF TOPIC – feel free to remove.

    Liverpudlian singer and entertainer Cilia Black has died (“of natural causes”) aged 72.

    Initially, she was known for her singing and was well known around the time of the Beatles – also from Liverpool. She was probably the best known and most popular female entertainer on British TV although whether she was as well known in USA & Canada, I rather doubt.

    She was very happily married to her Manager for 30 years before he died (10 years ago IIRC), leaving her distraught. She struggled with arthritis and advancing deafness but she seems to have died peacefully overnight, according to the Spanish police. One of her 3 sons was in Spain with her.

    Currently, she is top of the breaking headlines on the Daily Mail site :


  • Brett_McS

    Looks like Harper has a dead easy path to distinguish his party from the rest and romp home: “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead”.

    Of course you then have to subsequently not impose a carbon tax, unlike the taffy twit Julia Gillard … leaving her Party with zero emissions of credibility for the foreseeable future.


  • andycanuck

    I’m disappointed that the PM didn’t wait two weeks to drop the writ just to make the MSM look like fools again. Still, getting the other three parties and the Greens to spend money they don’t have for an extra three or so weeks sounds good to me.

  • BillyHW

    More carbon in the atmosphere instead of trapped underground is a positive good for the earth and humanity.

  • barryjr

    So Norway has concluded that their Cap and Trade has not reduced carbon emissions and Europe has found that their carbon tax has done nothing to reduce emissions. Appears to me that these things are nothing more than cash grabs and those that propose them for environmental reasons are nothing more than liars.

  • Every consumer-rights group and poverty group should be all over this tax and they are not. That alone tells one exactly where their sympathies lie. Goods and services will become more expensive. If you want to cripple an economy, a carbon tax is one to do it.

  • Minicapt

    Mr Goldstein: “… no political party is going to campaign in favour of a recession …”
    I think the Green Party would be happy to differ.


  • Jay Currie

    Make sure you ask your candidates:

    1) how much will the imposition of their party’s looney scheme cost;
    2) what will be the effect in degrees C of the CO2 reductions their scheme promises
    3) How long since the overall temperature of the Earth as measured by satellite has increased (answer 18.5 years but that may go down to 18 if we have a big El Nino).

    Ask them publically. And don’t accept a waffle. Be rude. Be un-Canadian. Demand an answer.