Carbon pricing plan won’t fix weak climate targets

(OTTAWA) October 3, 2016 – The Green Party of Canada released the following statement in response to a national carbon pricing plan:

“I commend the Trudeau administration for being first to implement a national carbon pricing plan, but $10/tonne is too low to be taken seriously. I remain perplexed as to why this administration refuses to update our climate targets to meet our Paris Agreement commitments,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands).

“If we persist with Harper-era greenhouse gas (GHG) targets that are among the weakest in the industrialized world, we will fail to ensure Canada does its part in holding the global average temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is not a theory – it’s basic math,” Ms. May said.

Daniel Green, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada, said: “At only $10/tonne, we are doomed on climate change. Canada must adopt a much more consequential price on carbon pollution to ensure a faster transition to a clean energy economy. This is not a political preference – it’s a moral imperative. Our future is at stake.”