The time is now – Prime Minister Trudeau imposes federal carbon tax

Ashley Moliere / October 23, 2018

Trudeau laughed at reports that he is using the tax to buy votes.
(Steve Jurveston / flickr)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the Federal government will be imposing a carbon tax on provinces that have not implemented their own.

In a press conference at Humber College just outside of Toronto, Trudeau also said that Canadians will receive rebates from the levy which will vary from province to province.

Trudeau added that climate change is something that needs to be addressed now before it’s too late.

“Canadians have been very clear that they are worried about climate change, that they are worried about the impact on their future generations, and worried about the impact on their livelihoods and the kinds of jobs they’ll have and their kids will have. ” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister

Opposition to the tax

The tax will be imposed on the Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba by April 1st, 2019.

Premiers from those provinces have been outspoken about opposition to the tax with Saskatchewan and Ontario taking legal action.

Ahead of the 2019 federal election, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has also spoken out against the tax, calling it a “gimmick” in a recent tweet.

Long term plans

The federal tax is set at $20 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions and will increase by $10 each year until 2022.

The levy is one piece of a larger plan to fight climate change in Canada.

The government has invested over $2.3 billion in funding towards clean technology and has committed to increasing Canada’s emissions-free electricity from 80% to 90% by 2030. It has also invested in public transportation projects across Canada, as well as increased the number of electric vehicle charging stations.

The goal of the government is to reduce overall emissions.
(Government of Canada)

Although there are public figures speaking out against the tax, UBC Political Science professor George Hobert says that British Columbia can set an example of how the carbon tax can positively influence the economy.

“There’s a lot of fear that has been stoked around the economic impacts of carbon pricing but we’ve seen in British Columbia that despite having a carbon tax in place right now for six years, our economy is thriving.” – George Hobert, UBC professor

Canadians will not be directly taxed by the federal government but will instead see the carbon prices on fuels like gasoline and diesel.

With files from the Government of Canada.