NWT reaction to a technical paper on the federal carbon price backstop


A paper has been released outlining Canada’s National Carbon Pricing and it seems the territories will not be receiving any special treatment.

Last year, the federal government announced a carbon tax that would start in 2018 at $10 a tonne, similar to those seen already in place in Alberta, for territories and provinces who didn’t already have a carbon pricing plan in the process.

In a press release Premier Bob McLeod stated:

“Climate change is a reality that Northerners see and feel every day and we must do our part to contribute to national and international efforts to address it. Last December, I was proud to join with the Prime Minister and Canada’s Premiers in agreeing to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. ”

“While the paper released today contains no specific mention of the Northwest Territories and its unique circumstances, we expect Canada to honour its commitments to Northerners and our government as it proceeds with its planning on a federal carbon pricing backstop. We will continue to work with Canada to provide our residents with a clear vision for a fair and effective carbon pricing approach in the NWT. “

Canada’s Technical Paper on the Federal Carbon Price Backstop was released on May 18th and Canadians can provide feedback to the report until June 30th at carbonpricing-tarificationcarbone@canada.ca.

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Ashley Anthony
Ashley Anthony is the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning show that airs from 5:30 to 8:30 Monday to Friday. Ashley moved up from Ontario with her husband and two toddlers and loves basking in the beauty that is the NWT. Proud to now call Yellowknife her home, when she's not on air she is Momming, writing or taking in the land. Tune in to Denendeh Sunrise to hear more from Ashley and her crazy, non-stop life.

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