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Nearly two-thirds of Canadians oppose provincial governments spending taxpayers’ dollars to battle federal carbon tax, poll says

May 13 2019 — Shawn McCarthy — Nearly two-thirds of Canadians oppose provincial governments spending taxpayers’ dollars to battle the federal carbon tax, says a new poll released Monday as the Ontario government launched a new television ad slamming the levy. About 64 per cent of respondents said it is unacceptable for provinces to opt out of the federal effort to combat […]

Notley demands changes to Ottawa’s environmental assessment legislation

Sep 25 2018 — Shawn McCarthy — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is demanding major changes to federal environmental assessment legislation, arguing the current bill before the Senate extends Ottawa’s reach into provincial jurisdiction and undermines energy industry competitiveness. In a speech to the energy pipeline industry in Calgary Tuesday, Ms. Notley said her government is pushing the federal Liberals to rapidly re-start […]

California, Quebec close carbon market to Ontario

Jun 17 2018 — Shawn McCarthy — California and Quebec have closed the joint carbon market to Ontario, preventing companies from dumping some $2.8-billion in emissions allowances after premier-designate Doug Ford announced an end to the provincial cap-and-trade system. While Mr. Ford’s decision could provoke lawsuits from companies that purchased allowance, the province is also set to join Saskatchewan’s legal fight over […]

Ottawa prepares to relax carbon-pricing measures to aid industry competitiveness

Jan 15 2018 — Shawn McCarthy — The Liberal government is set to introduce carbon-tax legislation that will give breaks to industrial emitters as Ottawa seeks to limit the economic impact of an ambitious environmental agenda to be enacted this year. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday released a draft legislative proposal outlining key elements of the […]

Liberals talk tough over imposing carbon taxes across all provinces

Dec 20 2017 — Shawn McCarthy — The Liberal government will impose a carbon tax on Jan. 1, 2019, in any province that does not have a pricing plan that meets Ottawa’s standards, federal ministers vowed on Wednesday. In a letter to their provincial counterparts, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Ottawa will be releasing a draft carbon-tax […]

Ottawa proposes new rules for resource companies

Jun 30 2017 — Shawn McCarthy — The Liberal government is proposing new rules that would require resource companies to consult with Ottawa and Indigenous communities on major projects well before the firms finalize their plans and apply for regulatory approval. The companies would also be expected to provide greater opportunities for partnership with Indigenous peoples, and seek their consent for developments […]

Liberals release carbon-tax plan, brace for legal battle with Saskatchewan

May 18 2017 — Shawn McCarthy — Preparing for a promised legal battle with Saskatchewan, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she’s confident Ottawa has the authority to impose a carbon price across the country, even when that levy would apply to provincially owned utilities. The minister on Thursday released a technical paper on Ottawa’s proposed carbon tax, which will apply in […]

Two-thirds of Canadians approve of Ottawa’s climate regulations: poll

Mar 4 2017 — Shawn McCarthy — Nearly two-thirds of Canadians want the Liberal government to proceed with climate regulations, including carbon pricing, regardless of a new direction on the environment from U.S. President Donald Trump, a new Nanos Research poll says. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna met this week with the European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, and the […]

Majority of Canadians support Trudeau’s climate plan: Nanos poll

Dec 23 2016 — Shawn McCarthy — A solid majority of Canadians support the key planks in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s energy and climate plan: approving a controversial oil pipeline and imposing a carbon tax to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a poll from Nanos Research Group says. However, there are stark regional differences that underscore the difficult challenge for the Liberal government […]

Ottawa to phase out coal, aims for virtual elimination by 2030

Nov 21 2016 — Shawn McCarthy — The Liberal government has announced its plan to virtually eliminate the use of traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, but will offer some flexibility to the provinces. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna unveiled the coal-phase-out plan Monday as one of a series of measures that Ottawa is introducing ahead of the first ministers’ meeting in December, when […]

Canada committed to climate policy despite Trump win

Nov 18 2016 — Shawn McCarthy — Governments from around the world remain committed to the adoption of increasingly tough climate policies, despite the prospect that president-elect Donald Trump will abandon U.S. commitments made under the Paris Accord, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said from Morocco Thursday. Ms. McKenna spent the week at the United Nations climate summit in Marrakesh, where delegates worked […]

After global accord, Liberals to pass regulations to reduce greenhouse gas found in appliances

Oct 16 2016 — Shawn McCarthy — The Liberal government will pass regulations requiring a dramatic reduction of the powerful greenhouse gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration, as well as the safe destruction of the existing supply of those gases, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says. Her comments came after more than 170 countries agreed on a plan to phase-down use of […]