Cross Country Checkup

Is a carbon tax the best solution to slow down climate change?

A new climate change report finds that Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. Coincidentally, the report was made public Monday, the same day that a federal carbon tax came into effect in four provinces.
The federal government imposed a carbon tax on four provinces — Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — on April 1. Among other increases, gas prices jumped by about 4 cents per litre in each province. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)
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Shocking climate reality. Implementation of carbon tax. Impacts on Canadians' pocketbooks.

A new climate change report, this time commissioned by the Environment and Climate Change Department, finds that Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. Floods, severe wildfires and rising sea levels are listed as potential consequences of Canada's warming environment.

Coincidentally, the report was made public Monday, the same day that a federal carbon tax came into effect in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has joined Ontario and Saskatchewan to launch a legal challenge, arguing the province has a "credible greenhouse gas-reduction plan." 

Canadians will bear the cost of climate change — one way or the other.

Our question this week: Is a carbon tax the best solution to slow down climate change?

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