New­found­land’s car­bon pric­ing plan to be un­veiled next spring: Ball

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - Classified -

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Pre­mier Dwight Ball said Mon­day he doesn’t an­tic­i­pate any dis­pute with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment over a “made-in-New­found­land and Labrador” car­bon pric­ing plan he ex­pects his gov­ern­ment to un­veil next spring.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has said a fed­eral op­tion will ap­ply to prov­inces with­out a pro­vin­cial car­bon pol­lu­tion pric­ing sys­tem in place by 2018.

Prov­inces can choose which type of sys­tem to im­ple­ment: a di­rect-pric­ing sys­tem or a ca­pand-trade sys­tem.

Un­der a di­rect-pric­ing sys­tem, the car­bon price would be man­dated to start at a min­i­mum of $10 per tonne in 2018 and rise by $10 per year to $50 per tonne in 2022.

Un­der a cap-and-trade sys­tem, prov­inces would need to have a 2030 emis­sions re­duc­tion tar­get equal to or greater than Canada’s 30 per cent re­duc­tion tar­get.

Ball would not say which sys­tem his gov­ern­ment is look­ing at.

On Fri­day, the Man­i­toba gov­ern­ment re­leased its “Made-in­Man­i­toba Cli­mate and Green Plan” which falls short of what the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has man­dated — a move that has drawn the ire of Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

The Man­i­toba plan calls for a start­ing price of $25 per tonne in 2018, and that price would re­main sta­ble through to 2022.

“The plan sets out a made-in­Man­i­toba ap­proach to car­bon pric­ing with a low and level price of $25 per tonne be­gin­ning dur­ing 2018,” Man­i­toba Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Rochelle Squires stated in a news re­lease.

“This is half the amount man­dated by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and it will give Man­i­toba the sec­ond-low­est car­bon price in Canada by 2022.”

The Cana­dian Press re­ported that Trudeau said on Fri­day his gov­ern­ment will im­pose the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s ver­sion in Man­i­toba if need be, some­thing Man­i­toba Pre­mier Brian Pal­lis­ter said his gov­ern­ment will fight.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of a car­bon tax in New­found­land and Labrador, how­ever, is ex­pected to go more smoothly, ac­cord­ing to Ball.

“We are work­ing quite closely with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to­day and over the next few months,” Ball said Mon­day. “There is no rea­son for us to be­lieve the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would not ac­cept the plan that we have put in place. It’s tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion what is hap­pen­ing in our off­shore, but it gives us the dis­cre­tion to use the money that comes from car­bon pric­ing to ac­tu­ally rein­vest in New­found­land and Labrador.”

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