Canada’s climate policy—we’ll (not) always have Paris

The consequences of adopting extreme targets for reducing Canadian greenhouse gas emissions became somewhat clearer recently, as a secret memo from Environment Canada to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna (pictured above) was obtained by the National Post.The memo showed meeting the prime minister’s greenhouse gas emission target (the same as that set by former prime minister Stephen Harper), which is a 30 per cent reduction from 2005 emission levels by 2030, would require a carbon tax of $100.00 per tonne as soon as 2020, which would have to escalate to between $200.00 and $300 per tonne by 2050.The

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