Car­bon pric­ing plan faces op­po­si­tion, uncer­tainty, poll re­veals

StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA & WORLD - Alexan­dra Jones

The ma­jor­ity of Cana­di­ans ei­ther don’t ap­prove or are not aware of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s car­bon pric­ing plan, sug­gests a new sur­vey by Fo­rum Re­search.

The re­sults were based on a Jan. 7 tele­phone poll of 1226 ran­domly se­lected Cana­di­ans over the age of 18. Forty-three per cent of those sur­veyed said they dis­ap­prove and an ad­di­tional 35 per cent said they were not aware of the de­tails of the pric­ing plan. The num­bers did not change The car­bon price plan has two prongs and one of them is a pric­ing sys­tem for heavy emit­ters in in­dus­tries like ce­ment and fer­til­izer pro­duc­tion.

much when the pric­ing plan was called a “car­bon tax.”

The sur­vey does not mea­sure the rea­sons for the op­po­si­tion and lack of aware­ness.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s car­bon price plan has two prongs:

One of the them is a pric­ing sys­tem for heavy emit­ters in in­dus­tries like ce­ment and fer­til­izer pro­duc­tion. Com­pa­nies

in these in­dus­tries get a set amount of emis­sions taxfree. Firms that emit less than their in­dus­try al­lot­ment will re­ceive cred­its. Firms that emit more than their in­dus­try al­lot­ment can ei­ther buy cred­its from their com­peti­tors or pay the fed­eral tax.

Read about the sec­ond prong of the plan and more at thes­tar.com/canada

JA­SON FRAN­SON/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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