Paris Agreement Ratified – October 6, 2016

Paris Agreement Ratified

October 6, 2016

On October 5, Parliament voted to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, which the Liberal Government signed earlier this year. In this agreement, governments from around the world committed to keeping the increase of global temperatures to below 2°C.

As part of the Liberal’s plan to achieve this, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced earlier this week that the federal government will impose a “floor price” on carbon pollution of $10 a tonne in 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022.  While provinces and territories can choose between a carbon price or a cap-and-trade system, failure to implement a system by 2018 will result in the federal government imposing a price.

While there was bipartisan support for the climate targets first proposed by our previous Conservative Government, a massive carbon tax grab on Canadians will not achieve our climate change goals. Our party had said we would not support the motion without an amendment, which was defeated, that would have had the Liberal Government abandon its costly carbon-pricing plan.

The Prime Minister promised a new-era of cooperative federalism. Instead he’s using a sledge hammer to force provinces and territories to impose a massive tax grab against their will, not to mention that this would go on top of the Alberta NDP’s carbon tax.

Imposing a new tax while holding back approval on job-creating pipeline projects shows how misplaced this government’s priorities are when it comes to jobs and economic growth.

From day one we promised that the Conservative Party would be the voice of the taxpayer. This is a tax increase that I will fight. Albertans should stand together to ensure that we oppose in any way possible, this unfair, massive tax grab by this federal government.

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