BC’s 2019 carbon emissions increase despite implementing a carbon tax


The province that has been touted by the federal Liberals as a role model and inspiration for Canada’s carbon tax has once again reported that its greenhouse gas emissions have gone up. According to Blacklock’s Reporter, federal data from 2019 shows that emissions remained 20.5% higher than it was six years prior in British Columbia despite the province having a carbon tax since 2008. Earlier this year, the province’s government upped its own carbon tax to $45 per tonne. Currently, Canada’s federal levy is slightly lower than BC’s at $40 a tonne but the Trudeau government has promised to raise the cap to $170 a tonne by 2030. In 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed to BC’s carbon tax as a success story in reducing emissions. “I know the Conservatives’ approach is to not let the facts get in the way of a good political argument, but allow me to remind the member opposite that British Columbia has had a price on carbon pollution for almost ten years and it has led, quite frankly, to growth in the economy while they have shown leadership on the environment. That is exactly what we know will work right across the country,” said Trudeau.

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