Trudeau’s carbon caper

The only way Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was able to get Canada’s 13 premiers and territorial leaders to agree to carbon pricing last week was to render the term meaningless.

Carbon pricing means carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, or government regulations, all of which put a price on industrial greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change when oil, coal or natural gas are burned to produce energy.

But at Thursday’s meeting in Vancouver between Trudeau and his provincial and territorial counterparts, carbon pricing became whatever any premier wanted it to be.

  • canminuteman

    They’ll just jack up the taxes on fossil fuels and call it a day. Up up side is that will cause the least amount of damage.

    • It is theft.

      • tom_billesley

        That’s a synonym for government

  • AlanUK

    And the effect on the World’s Climate will be …
    It may, however, result in the death of a number of poor people who cannot eat and heat their homes but they don’t matter.

    • andycanuck

      Exactly, Alan. Not that CAGW is true but it’s one thing to want major CO2 producers to reduce emissions (and not forget to mention China and India in that and not just scream about the U.S.) but even if it were true, if all of Canada’s emissions (let alone just our province of Ontario) were wiped out tomorrow (that would mean the death of everyone here), it wouldn’t change anything! It’s 0.1%; it’s virtually nothing.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Whatever they come up with, we taxpayers’ll get bent over again anyway.