Alberta’s premier says there’s a major difference between the $30 a tonne carbon tax her government is planning, and the $5o price the federal government is putting on carbon.
Premier Rachel Notley explains to our sister station 630 CHED her concern about the Trudeau government’s plan to unilaterally impose its carbon price on provinces.
“If they try to do it unilaterally without working with the provinces they’re going to find themselves running into a lot of hiccups and a lot of problems. This is a very complex, community-specific, economy-specific exercise and you need to be thoughtful and collaborative in terms of how you move forward on it to make sure you get the benefits of the program without too many negative consequences.”
Notley says by contrast her government has done the work she says will ensure that Alberta will be able to handle a 30 dollar per tonne carbon tax when it takes effect.
Monday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government will set a “floor price” on carbon pollution of $10 a tonne in 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022.
Notley also reiterated today that she cannot support the $50 price without seeing progress on new pipelines.
“We’re going to wait until we get what we have told Canada we need before we embrace this most recent announcement.”