The president of Shell Canada is among more than 60 Canadian business leaders urging the first ministers to push ahead with carbon pricing.
The CEOs, from a variety of sectors ranging from oil and gas and mining to information technology and retail, head companies that employ more than a million people.
In an open letter to the first ministers released this morning, the group says enlightened self-interest dictates Canada strive to be at the front of the pack as the global economy makes a historic shift. They say that includes putting a price on carbon, which the letter calls the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions, stimulate innovation and drive energy efficiency.
Shell Canada president Michael Crothers says the letter is aimed not so much as the premiers, but was drafted to foster discussions on the issue with other industrial sectors.
The letter comes ahead of next month’s first minister’s meeting in Ottawa, where the federal liberals hope to finalize a pan-Canadian plan on climate change.