Parliament: Question on Progress Towards Eliminating Fossil Fuel Subsidies

On Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 in Parliament, Question Period

Elizabeth May

Mr. Speaker, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the International Energy Agency have all urged governments around the world to do two things, at a minimum: to put in place a carbon price and to eliminate all fossil fuel subsidies.

I wonder if the Prime Minister could update us on where we are. We know progress is being made on the carbon price. Where are we on eliminating fossil fuel subsidies?

Jim Carr
 - Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, I am glad for the question, especially on budget day, because it gives us the chance to reflect back to budget 2016.

The commitments that were made included $81 billion over 11 years in public transit, green infrastructure, transportation, and smart cities. We are committed to transitioning to a low-carbon economy, while encouraging businesses to innovate, grow, and create good, well-paying jobs for Canadians.

I am sure all members will be very anxious to hear what the Minister of Finance will have to say on the subject only minutes from now.

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  • GreenHearted

    Well, what a great example of a politician not answering the question that was posed. Sheesh. It was a simple enough (and quite polite) question. I think the real answer must be, “Nowhere. We have made no movement whatsoever on eliminating billions of dollars’ worth of direct and indirect subsidies every year for fossil fuel industries in Canada.”

  • D Jackson

    OMG I’m already sick to death of this “new” Liberal government. As genuine as the campaign promises seemed to be…double speak seems to be the same old modus operandi…This reminds me of the Wizard Of Oz…who is really running the show…

    The man behind the curtain.

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