Steven Guilbeault says carbon tax will also have benefits in N.S.


Steven Guilbeault says the carbon tax will also have benefits in N.-É.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault finds pity that Nova Scotia doesn't seem to see the upside of carbon pricing.

Canada's environment minister says he's disappointed by a request from his counterpart of Nova Scotia to “freeze” carbon pollution pricing.

Tim Halman wrote to the federal minister in July to say the provincial government does not believe now is the right time to introduce a federal carbon tax.

“Pricing pollution is simply the right thing to do!

— Steven Guilbeault, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Steven Guilbeault instead believes this is an opportunity for the province to design a pollution pricing system that returns revenue directly to Nova Scotians.

C' is how the federal system is designed, eight out of ten families receive more than they pay, he assures.

Since 2019, the provinces are bound by Ottawa to put a price on carbon. A federal carbon tax was imposed on provinces that could not, or would not, come up with their own system.

Nova Scotia has so far used a locally designed cap and trade system for large emitters, but starting in 2023, the Progressive Conservative government will have to manage increased federal requirements.

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Nova Scotia Environment Minister , Tim Halman, estimates that the federal carbon tax will add about 14 cents to a liter of gasoline starting next year. In his opinion, the increase comes at a time when people cannot pay more.

Steven Guilbeault rejects the provincial minister's argument that in times of high inflation a carbon tax hike is unfair.

Pollution pricing can at the both fighting climate change and supporting families, he argues.

Provincial government documents show that while the federal tax would increase the price of gas and electricity, it would also generate about $1 billion for Nova Scotia .

Income that could be used to offset the rising cost of living. Steven Guilbeault notes that other provinces that have the federal tax have been able to send money to their residents.

For example, he claims that for 2022- 2023, a family of four will receive $745 in Ontario, $832 in Manitoba, $1,101 in Saskatchewan and $1,079 in Alberta.

Before last week, the Progressive Conservatives spoke little about carbon pricing, but the tide seems to be turning.

Tim Halman is the Progressive Conservative MLA for Dartmouth East and Nova Scotia's Minister of Environment.

On Tuesday, Minister Halman read a resolution in the Legislative Assembly asking for all-party support against a federal carbon tax without debate.

At least one member of the NDP voted against it, because he believed the issue was worth debating.

A few minutes later, the government issued a press release accusing the NDP and the Liberal Party for not standing up for Nova Scotians.

Liberal MP Derek Mombourquette quickly rose to say that his party actually supported the resolution.

Federal Minister Steven Guilbeault does not understand why this debate exists, when in his opinion a carbon tax is necessary for the planet and will not cost most Canadians more.

Climate change is here to stay, he reminds us.

So he has no intention to let Nova Scotia shirk its responsibilities.

With information from Michael Gorman, of < /em>CBC


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