Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked tough on climate change in the House Of Commons on Monday.
Trudeau initiated a debate on the Paris accord during the house session, and whether Canada should ratify the agreement.
“There is no hiding from climate change” said Trudeau “We cannot undo the last 10 years of inaction, what we can do is make a real and honest effort…to protect the health of our environment and with it the health of all Canadians.
In order for Canada to reach it’s targets, Trudeau suggested a $10 per tonne ‘floor price’ on carbon pollution, rising to $50 per tonne in 2022.
He also said the provinces and territories will to choose between putting a direct price on carbon pollution or adopt a cap-and-trade system. Which ever is chosen, all revenues generated will stay within the province.
Trudeau’s suggestions are already meeting disapproval from the provinces. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says his province cannot currently afford a carbon tax, Yukon enviroment minister Currie Dixon said the three northern territories all object to the plan, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province will not support the plan unless the federal government makes progress on new oil pipelines to Canada’s coasts.
Provincial environment ministers are meeting in Montreal, this week, with federal counterpart Catherine McKenna to hash out an agreement over carbon pricing.