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Damn the Pandemic -- Full Steam Ahead as Ottawa Hikes Canadain Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-05-27
In Canada, the Financial Post is reporting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) is raising the federal carbon tax by 50 pct, despite the broad economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, governments around the world are moving in the opposite direction.

World wide, most countrys have halted carbon tax increases during the pandemic, as have most Canadian Provinces (Source: Various Canadian Media, Financial Post, 19 May, 2020)

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Damn the Pandemic - Full Steam Ahead on Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-05-20
As previously reported, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) is raising the federal carbon tax by 50 pct, despite the broad economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

World wide, most countries have halted carbon tax increases during the pandemic, as have most Canadian Provinces (Source: Various Media Financial Post, 19 May, 2020)

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Canadian Carbon Tax Bumped Up to $30 per tonne (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-04-03
On Wednesday, 1 April, the Canadian federal carbon tax was increased from $20 per tonne to $30 per tonne, despite legal challenges from the provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the severe economic downturn and skyrocketing unemployment due to COVID-19.

As previously reported, the tax will raise $10 per tonne each year until 2022. (Source: Various Media, 604NOW, April, 2020)

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Canadian Fed-Prov. Carbon Tax Case Postponed (Ind Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-03-18
Following-up on our Aug. 30, 2019 report, the Canadian Supreme Court in Ottawa has postponed hearing challenges to the Canadian federal government's carbon tax and several other cases, until June at the earliest. The postponement was blamed squarely on the shoulders of the rampaging spreading COVID-19 crisis.

The top courts in Ontario and Saskatchewan rejected arguments by those provinces that the federal government lacks constitutional authority to impose a carbon tax in provinces that don't impose a carbon price that meets federal standards. The same provinces have appealed the provincial court rulings to the Supreme Court. ((Source: Various Media, Cdn Press, 17 Mar., 2020)

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Canadian Farmers Hammered by Carbon Tax, Survey Finds (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax,Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Date: 2020-03-18
A recently released report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has found that 82 pct of Canadian farmers say the federal carbon tax is negatively impacting their business. On average, farmers estimate they will pay almost $14,000 in federal carbon taxes in the first year it applies to them -- April 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020). The report also found:
  • 78 pct of Canadian farmers have taken action in the last several years to lessen their environmental impact;
  • 93 pct of farmers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario agree the federal government should not charge GST (five per cent sales tax) on the federal carbon tax as it currently does;
  • Farmers cannot pass the federal carbon tax costs on to their customers, despite the government's assurances: 83 pct of farmers in the field crop sector said they would be able to pass on less than 10 pct of the federal carbon tax costs to customers between April 1st, 2019 and March 31st, 2020. Over 78 pct of these farmers will have to absorb the entire cost. (Source: CFIB, Weyburn Review, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: CFIB, Marilyn Braun-Pollon, VP Western Canada and Ari-Business, 416-222-8022, 844-242-4400, 416-222-4337 - fax, www.cfib-fcei.ca

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  • Cdn. Farmers Hammered by Carbon Tax, Survey Finds (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Federation of Independent Business
    Date: 2020-03-02
    A recently released report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has found that 82 pct of Canadian farmers say the federal carbon tax is negatively impacting their business. On average, farmers estimate they will pay almost $14,000 in federal carbon taxes in the first year it applies to them -- April 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020). The report also found:
  • Farmers care about the environment: When asked what motivates their business to implement measures to improve environmental quality, 87 pct of Canadian farmers said they were motivated by their own personal views;

  • 78 pct of Canadian farmers have taken action in the last several years to lessen their environmental impact;

  • 93 pct of farmers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario agree the federal government should not charge GST (five per cent sales tax) on the federal carbon tax as it currently does;

  • Farmers cannot pass the federal carbon tax costs on to their customers, despite the government's assurances: 83 per cent of farmers in the field crop sector said they would be able to pass on less than 10 per cent of the federal carbon tax costs to customers between April 1st, 2019 and March 31st, 2020. Over 78 per cent of these farmers will have to absorb the entire cost.

    To address the issue, CFIB recommends the federal government:: exempt natural gas, propane, and aviation fuel used by farmers for farming activities such as drying grain, heating livestock facilities, or spraying crops from the federal carbon tax, including those farm expenses from 2019; end the practice of charging GST on the federal carbon tax; stop further increases in the overall tax burden (e.g. CPP and carbon tax) on farmers; and work to improve Canada's overall tax and regulatory competitiveness in the agriculture sector. (Source: CFIB, Weyburn Review, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: CFIB, Marilyn Braun-Pollon, VP Western Canada and Ari-Business, 416-222-8022, 844-242-4400, 416-222-4337 - fax, www.cfib-fcei.ca

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  • Ontario Files Top Court Challenge to Fed. Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-08-30
    Reporting from Queens Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford's (C) government reports it has filed a challenge with the country's top court against the Canadian Federal government's carbon tax.

    The province, Canada's most populous, argues that Ontario's Court of Appeal was wrong to find the carbon price was "constitutional and within the federal government's right to impose." Federal lawyers had argued that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- under which the carbon tax is imposed -- was a legitimate response to potentially catastrophic climate change. (Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

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    Manitoba Ups Emission Levels, Dashes Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
    Manitoba Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In Winnipeg on the Canadian Prairies, Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government reports it aims to reduce annual emissions by one megatonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) by 2022 -- less than half of the previous government's 2017 targeted reductions. To that end, the provincial government announced it is reducing GHG emissions and eliminating a possible carbon tax.

    In a statement the Manitoba Minister of Sustainable Dev elopement said; "We've removed the carbon-pricing (tax) element from our plan and are moving forward with getting real emissions reductions. (There are) several more initiatives to come that will help us transition to a low-carbon future without imposing a tax on Manitobans."<

    In 2017, the federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Manitoba's then proposed carbon tax was insufficient an demanded the province match the federal carbon tax of $20 a tonne rising to $50 per ton by 2022. To date, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick have challenged the federal carbon tax plan. (Source: Manitoba Ministry of Sustainable Development, CBC, Canadian Press, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Manitoba Sustainable Development, Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister, (204) 945-6784, www.gov.mb.ca/sd

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    Oil-Soaked Alberta Ditches Provincial Carbon Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    Alberta Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-06-07
    On the Canadian prairies, the province of Alberta reports it has officially approved legislation to kill the self-imposed provincial carbon tax which came into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The oil-soaked province's newly elected Conservative Premier Jason Kenney had vowed to eliminate the carbon tax in his election campaign.

    The province had stopped charging the tax last week, although it is still imposed on large CO2 emitters.

    Alberta's action will automatically trigger a Canadian liberal government imposed carbon tax of C$20 ($14.91) per ton, increasing by C$10 ($7.46) per year to a high of C$50 ($37.28) per ton in 2022. (Source: CBC News, Kallanish, Various Cdn. Media, 6 June, 2019)

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    Trudeau Carbon Tax Challengers Suffer a Body Blow (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-05-06
    On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act "falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. It is not unconstitutional in whole or in part."

    Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe (C), along with the province of Ontario and New Brusnwick, had challenged the Trudeau government's carbon tax in Canada's top court Friday, after a lower court ruled it is constitutional.

    Apparently still itching for a fight, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe immediately vowed to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. Oil-soaked Alberta's newly-elected Premier Jason Kenney vowed to join Moe and (Conservative) Ontario Premier Doug Ford in opposition to the fed's imposed carbon tax. (Source; CBC, National Observer, Various Media, 3 May, 2019)

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    Ottawa Imposes Carbon Tax on Recalcitrant Provinces (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-04-03
    As promised, the Canadian federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday imposed a carbon tax on the provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan and Manitoba -- all of which are led by Conservatives -- for their failure to impose a provincial emissions reduction program that meets the fed's approval.

    The federal levy, which starts at $20 (US$15) per tonne of pollution and rises incrementally to $50 per ton, is expected to add about 4.5 cents to the price of a liter of gasoline, as well as drive up drive up other energy related costs. To ease the pain on consumers, the feds pledged to refund most of the carbon tax cash directly to taxpayers.

    Canada's remaining six provinces are exempt from the federal tax having imposed their own carbon tax or cap-and-trade system to help Canada meet its Paris Agreement target of reducing CO2 emissions by 30 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, CBC, Various Media, 1 April, 2019)Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

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    S. Ont. Commuters Overwhelmingly Support Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Recently released research from the University of Toronto has found that the vast majority of Toronto area commuters favor the Liberal federal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's imposed new carbon tax and tax rebate plan, despite the impending hike in gas prices.

    The plan was rolled out by the Canadian Government today, Monday, April 1. In the initial study, 28 pct opposed the pricing plan and 13 pct were undecided. But when told about the rebate aspect of the carbon tax program, the number of Ontarians in the GTHA who actually support the plan rose to an unexpected 70 pct majority. (Source: Univ. of Toronto, Narcity, 29 Mar., 2019)

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    Energy Efficiency Rebates, Incentives Offered for Canadian Small Businesses (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna
    Date: 2019-03-06
    In Ottawa, Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is reporting the Liberal federal government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau plans to ease the recently mandated carbon price burden on small business with incentives and rebate payments to cover some of the cost of making energy efficient upgrades.

    The Minister noted that the government expects to provide at least $1.46 billion over five years to small and medium-sized businesses, including $155 million in the fiscal year starting April 1. Hospitals, municipalities and other community organizations will share at least $727 million over five years, starting with $73 million in 2019-2020 fiscal years.(Source: City News, Various Media, Canadian Press, Mar., 2019) Contact: Office of Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.htm

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    Trudeau's Canadian Carbon Tax Now In Force (Reg. & Leg.)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-02
    In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial carbon tax is now in force. The price on carbon will be C$20 ($15 US) per metric ton rising to C$50 per ton by 2022. A wide-ranging tax on nearly all fuels is also set to take effect in April in four provinces.

    The Trudeau government had proposed a 95 pct standard for the cement and lime sectors and 90 pct for production of petrochemicals, steel, certain types of iron, nitric acid and ammonia. All other sectors have a proposed 80 pct threshold. Companies exceeding those levels can pay a tax, or buy credits from more efficient firms.

    The industrial emissions plan applies to Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island -- the provinces that are challenging the Trudeau carbon tax plan -- and to electricity and natural gas pipelines in Saskatchewan. Even with the carbon tax in place, Canada is still expected to fall short of its COP15 target of 513 metric megatons of emissions by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Bloomberg, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

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    Newfoundland Carbon Tax Loaded with Exemptions (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2018-11-12
    In Atlantic Canada, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador has unveiled its federally approved carbon tax, climate plan which at least on the surface, protects the province's crucial oil and gas industry. The province is reportedly planning to double oil production in the next decade.

    The provincial plan offers exemptions for large producers and consumers alike, including the giant Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project which, when fully online in 2020, will allow the province to completely decommission the bunker oil-burning generator in Holyrood, which emits roughly 10 pct of the province's total 10.3 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Under the provincial carbon pricing scheme, home heating fuel, off-grid diesel generators, aviation fuel, the interprovincial ferry system and municipalities will be exempted and gasoline prices will rise substantially. After factoring in exemptions, only 76 pct of the province's total GHG emissions will be subject to carbon pricing. The provincial government has also reserved the right to scrap the scheme or any part thereof in the event that any other province refuse to set a plan or abide by the federal backstop, which is likely to happen.(Source: Province of Newfoundland-Labrador, Narwal, 9 Nov., 2018)

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    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-31
    "I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

    The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's opposition on the Liberal government's national carbon tax plan scheduled for imposition on 1 Jan., 2019.

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    Canadian PM Imposing Carbon Tax Plan, Despite Four-Province Opposition (Reg. & Leg. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-31
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that it will impose a carbon price in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019. Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the Yukon have either developed their own compliant pricing systems or chosen to adopt the federal option and thus avoided Trudeau's tax plan.

    The provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have however resisted the federal Government's proposals and challenged their constitutionality

    . The federal carbon price will apply at a rate of $20 ($15.28 US) per tonne of CO2 equivalent in 2019, rising by $10 per year to a high of $50 per tonne in 2022. The federal carbon pricing system will come into force on January 1, 2019. To ease to imagined pain, the Government has committed to return direct proceeds from the federal pricing system to the province or territory of origin and to help SMEs deal with the additional costs associated with carbon pricing in early 2019. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Various Media, Tax News, 29 Oct., 2018)

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    Notable Quote

    Date: 2018-10-26
    "Starting next year, it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada. Putting a price on (carbon) pollution is the best way to tackle climate change, because it works." -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib), 23 Oct., 2018

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    Manitoba Bails on Ottawa's Planned Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, the province of Manitoba's Progressive-Conservative Premier, the Hon. Brian Pallister, reports his government is abandoning plans to start charging a carbon tax levy in December and is joining other conservative leaders in opposition to the Liberal federal governments national carbon tax paln.

    In 2017, Pallister announced Manitoba would enact a $25-a-tonne carbon tax and keep it at that rate. The province's plan was not in tune with the federal government's call for a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne this year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. The feds warned that if the provinces failed to comply, a national plan would be imposed upon them. Pallister also left the door open to joining Saskatchewan and Ontario in legal action against the federal plan. (Source: Canada Press, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, (204)945-3714, premier@leg.gov.mb.ca, www.gov.mb.ca

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    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-05
    "I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

    The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's position on the Liberal governments national carbon tax.

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    Saskatchewan Strikes Back Against Fed. Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-08-06
    "It is our position that the (Canadian) federal government has no constitutional authority to second guess provincial decisions with respect to matters within provincial jurisdiction, yet that is exactly what the federal government is attempting to do by imposing a carbon tax only in certain provinces, like Saskatchewan, based on their evaluation of provincial climate change and carbon pricing policies." said Saskatchewan's new Premier Scott Moe in a statement. The province will "strongly consider" intervening in Ontario's legal challenge to the federal Liberal government of Premier Justin Trudeau's carbon tax imposition plan, Moe added. To that end, the government of Saskatchewan has launched their appeal in opposition of the federal carbon tax. (Source: Office of Saskatchewan Premier the Hon. Scott Moe, Click Lancashire, Independent News, 5 Aug., 2018)Contact: Office of Premier the Hon. Scott Moe, www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government.../honourable-scott-moe

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    Cdn. National Carbon Tax Projections Revealed (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-08-06
    As we reported in June, a report on Canadian Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's carbon tax prepared by University of Calgary economics professor Jennifer Winter found the impact of Trudeau's carbon tax on a typical Canadian household:
  • At $50 per ton, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia households will be hit with more than $1,000 of carbon tax per year to comply with the $50-per-tonne carbon tax Ottawa has mandated for 2022. Nova Scotia ($1,120) and Alberta ($1,111) will have the highest bills, followed by Saskatchewan ($1,032), New Brunswick ($963), Newfoundland ($859) and Prince Edward Island ($788). The average household in Ontario will pay $707 a year to comply with the carbon tax once its fully implemented.
  • At $100 a tonne, households in Alberta will be slammed $2,223, Saskatchewan will be hit with $2,065 and in Nova Scotia, $2,240. At $100 a tonne, the average price for households in all provinces will be well in excess of $1,000 per year. (Source: University of Calgary, Fraser Inst., Financial Post, 27 June, 2018) Contact: University of Calgary, Prof. Jennifer Winter, https://econ.ucalgary.ca/profiles/jennifer-winter

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  • Cdn. National Carbon Tax Projections Revealed (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax,University of Calgary
    Date: 2018-06-29
    In a report on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's carbon tax to the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, University of Calgary economics professor Jennifer Winter used Statistics Canada energy-consumption data to project the impact of Trudeau's carbon tax on a typical Canadian household:
  • At $50 per ton, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia households will be hit with more than $1,000 of carbon tax per year to comply with the $50-per-tonne carbon tax Ottawa has mandated for 2022. Nova Scotia ($1,120) and Alberta ($1,111) will have the highest bills, followed by Saskatchewan ($1,032), New Brunswick ($963), Newfoundland ($859) and Prince Edward Island ($788). The average household in Ontario will pay $707 a year to comply with the carbon tax once its fully implemented.

  • At $100 a tonne, households in Alberta will be slammed $2,223, Saskatchewan will be hit with $2,065 and in Nova Scotia, $2,240. At $100 a tonne, the average price for households in all provinces will be well in excess of $1,000 per year. (Source: University of Calgary, Fraser Inst., Financial Post, 27 June, 2018) Contact: University of Calgary, Prof. Jennifer Winter, https://econ.ucalgary.ca/profiles/jennifer-winter

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  • Friends of Science Society Challenges Cdn. Carbon Tax, Climate Change Policy (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Friends of Science Society
    Date: 2018-06-22
    The Canadian carbon tax and climate change policy revolt gained strength as Conservative Premier-elect Doug Ford gave notice he would scrap the present cap-and-trade deal with California and Quebec, as reported by CBC News on June 15, 2018. Ford also has stated he is willing to go to court to challenge the Liberal Canadian federal government's intention to impose a carbon tax on provinces.

    The scientific justification for carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and the Paris Agreement took another hit on June 20, 2018, when the Financial Post published an article by economist Ross McKitrick laying out flaws in climate simulations (models) upon which carbon taxes and climate policies are based. The article noted: "It also means that greenhouse gas emissions do not have as big an impact on the climate as has been claimed, and the case for costly policy measures to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions is much weaker than governments have told us. For a science that was supposedly 'settled' back in the early 1990s, we sure have a lot left to learn," the McKitrick article said.

    The Friends of Science Society, an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens, says CO2 from human industrial emissions has nominal impact on climate, there is no significant climate risk and no need to phase out fossil fuels or enact related climate policies.

    Download the Friends of Science Society Challenging the Canadian Federal Government's Carbon Pollution Pricing System Results Report HERE. (Source: Friends of Science Society, PR WEB, June, 2018) Contact: Friends of Science Society, (888) -789-9597, contact@friendsofscience.org, www.friendsofscience.org

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    Saskatchewan Challenges Trudeau's Fed Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Saskatchewan
    Date: 2018-03-30
    In Regina, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe reports his province will resort to the courts in its fight with the Trudeau government's carbon tax. The province questions the federal government can force a provincial government to slap a carbon tax on gasoline.

    Saskatchewan is the only province that has not adopted a carbon tax voluntarily. Because it has resisted the levy, the Trudeau government is imposing a tax of $10 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions -- which adds up to roughly 10 cents per liter of gasoline.

    The premier has also accused the Trudeau government of hiding its carbon tax in the federal budget that was released last month. The document lists the carbon tax as one of the federal government's environmental initiatives. (Source: Saskatchewan CBC, Various Others, April, 2018)

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    Saskatchewan Still Rejecting Ottawa's Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Canadan Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government reports it has rejected the Province of Saskatchewan's requested exemption from the Liberal Gov. of Justin Trudeau's carbon pricing plan.

    Saskatchewan's Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy doesn't include an explicit carbon tax and lowers the threshold of what is considered a "heavy emitter" from 50,000 tpy of emissions to 25,000 tpy. The provincial plan also calls for carbon offsets to be purchased by heavy emitters as well as a best performance credit for companies demonstrating low emissions or investments in reducing their emissions. The provincial government is refusing to accept the Canadian federal government's planned imposition of a carbon tax. (Source: Saskatchewan Environment Minister, Regina Leader-Post, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saskatchewan Environment Minister, Hon. Dustin Duncan, (306) 787-0393, https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government-structure/cabinet/honourable-dustin-duncan

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    Canadian Federal Carbon Tax Rebate Proposal Floated (Reg & Leg)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-01-17
    In Ottawa, recently released Canadian government (Lib.) draft legislative proposes that any federal revenues raised by a carbon tax can either be rebated back to any provincial government that hasn't imposed a provincial carbon tax. A rebate could also go directly to individuals or divided between the two. Those province that voluntarily chooses to use the federal carbon price system will get the revenues to use how they see fit. But those that have the system imposed on them -- Saskatchewan and New Brunswick -- for refusing to enact one that meets the minimum requirements could find themselves sidestepped, with Ottawa sending those rebate cheques directly to residents.

    As previously reported, Ottawa requires every province to have a system with a minimum $20 per tonne carbon price in place by Jan. 1, 2019, rising by $10 a year until 2022. HERE. (Source: CBC, Various Media, Canadian Press, 15 Jan., 2018)

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    Green Party of Canada Concerned Liberal Government Weakening National Carbon Pricing System (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Green Party of Canada
    Date: 2018-01-17
    "Reducing the responsibility of the biggest polluters is simply irresponsible," said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). "The Pan-Canadian Framework, negotiated by the federal government with the provinces and territories, is already weak. It is not clear how it can even achieve the Harper target, now endorsed by the Liberals, which itself is too weak to achieve what we pledged in Paris. The federal government cannot afford to lose a single ton of emission reductions.

    "The most recent Environment Canada data show that nearly 40 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions came from just 563 individual operations, mainly power plants, refineries and cement plants. They should be contributing their fair share towards meeting our commitments to slash GHG and avoid going above 1.5 degrees C global average temperature, as promised in Paris. Instead, those big polluters located in provinces that have refused to create their own carbon tax will have a special rate based on a complex pricing mechanism using energy intensity and an average of industry emissions," said Ms. May.

    "With hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal subsidies still going to the fossil fuel industry - which successive Canadian governments have promised to phase out since 2009 - the Trudeau government is already breaking its promise to Canadians," added Green Party climate critic and meteorologist Richard Zurawski. "The new proposal to give carbon tax breaks to the largest polluters is yet another squandered opportunity to show real leadership in the fight against climate change." (Source: Green Party of Canada, PR, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada, Debra Eindiguer , (613) 240-8921, debra.eindiguer@greenparty.ca, www.greenparty.ca

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    Newfoundland-Labrador Plans 2018 Carbon Tax Launch (Ind. Report)
    Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball
    Date: 2017-11-01
    In St.John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball (Liberal) reports his government will unveil a "made-in-Newfoundland and Labrador" carbon pricing plan that he expects the federal government in Ottawa to accept.

    Under Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mandate, a federal carbon tax will apply to provinces that do not have a provincial carbon pollution pricing system in place by 2018. Individual provinces can choose either a direct-pricing system or a cap-and-trade system. Under a direct-pricing system, the carbon price would be mandated to start at a minimum of $10 per tonne in 2018 and rise by $10 per year to $50 per tonne in 2022. Under a cap-and-trade system, provinces would need to have a 2030 emissions reduction target equal to or greater than the fed's 30 pct reduction target.

    As previously reported, the Manitoba government last week released its "Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan" which calls for a starting price of $25 per tonne in 2018 -- half the 2022 amount mandated by the federal government. The Manitoba tax would remain stable through to 2022. (Source: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, The Telegram, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, (709) 729-3570, prenier@gov.nl.ca, www.gov.nl.ca/premier

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    Manitoba Releases Provincial Carbon Tax Scheme (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-10-30
    On the Canadian prairies, the Manitoba government reports the release of its "Made in Manitoba" plan to fight climate change, saying the federal government's target for a carbon price would "impose an intolerable financial burden on Manitoba families and businesses." The Manitoba plan sets a carbon price of $25 per tonne -- half the federal government's target of $50 per tonne by 2022.

    The federal government of Justin Truseau (Lib) has demanded that provinces establish a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne next year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. Manitoba claims its $25 per ton tax is fairer, will remain consistent, and "will achieve more than twice as many emissions reductions as the federal carbon tax." Cumulative emissions are projected to drop by more than one megatonne over the next five years under the Manitoba plan -- 80,000 tonnes more than with the federal carbon tax, according to the Manitoba plan. (Source: Gov. of Manitoba, CBC, 27 Oct., 2017)

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    BC Conservatives Launch Anti-Carbon Tax Website (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-10-02
    In westrn Canada, the British Columbia Conservative Party is reporting the launch of its www.ScraptheCarbonTax.com, website and petition dedicated to fighting the BC Liberal party's 2008 imposed Carbon Tax.

    The BC Conservatives have steadfastly rejected the Carbon Tax as a punitive tax on the poor and middle class. Following a threat by the federal Liberal Party to impose a national carbon tax, other western Conservative parties have followed suit in a strong rejection of the tax, including the Saskatchewan Party and the United Conservative Party of Alberta, the BC Conservatives say. The website and petition are the latest tools in the ongoing BC Conservative advance against the Carbon Tax. (Source: BC Conservative Party,28 Sept., 2017) Contact: BC Conservative Party, Scott Anderson, Communications (250) 434-2550, www.bcconservative.ca, www.ScraptheCarbonTax.com

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    Cdn. Businesses Call for Fed. Carbon Tax Commitment (Ind. Report)
    Fenix Energy
    Date: 2017-09-29
    In Burnaby, British Columbia, Fenix Energy reports it has joined Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada, and over 160 other influential Canadian organizations in calling on the government to increase the adoption of clean renewable energy and commit to increasing the national carbon tax beyond 2022, apply the tax at the carbon source, and use border tax adjustments to protect Canadian industry. A carbon tax with these features would spur investment in renewables -- creating a triple pay-off for the "green" energy sector, the economy, and the environment.

    Fenix Energy is growing a reputation among developers, municipalities and utilities for leading the delivery of thermal energy solutions. By upgrading the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems of high-rise buildings (new or old), Fenix turns developments into Thermal Energy Assets that harvest, store and trade energy. Completely scalable, our solutions work for a single building, multiple buildings within a development or across a city. Fenix Energy solutions create a win for the environment and the bottom line; making the business case for investing in renewables an undeniable one. Source: Fenix Energy, PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Fenix Energy, www.fenixenergy.com; Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada www.canada.citizensclimatelobby.org

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