The Montreal Economic Institute says the Quebec government’s electric vehicle (EV) sales quotas, which go into effect in 2018, are nothing more than a tax on all vehicle buyers in the province and will only serve to increase the cost of conventional vehicles.
Organizations representing business, environmental and labour are lauding the federal government for its efforts to curb methane emissions in the oil and gas sector, but they say they need to be more stringent.
Not surprisingly Canadians are enthralled with the controversies surrounding US President Donald Trump and the decision to award Omar Kadr $10 million, but new consumer polling numbers from Abacus Data also indicates that climate change has now become a major concern for Canadians.
Many critics have complained that the adoption of carbon pricing mechanisms - cap and trade or a tax - will leave Canadian firms vulnerable to competition from jurisdictions without such measures. While that’s true, both the Alberta and federal systems attempt to mitigate that through output-based allocations (OBAs). A recent paper from the University of Calgary puts some meat to the bones of OBAs.
The transition to a low-carbon economy (LCE) has started to take hold in Canada but there remains a lot of unanswered questions on how it will unfold. A recent paper from the Smart Prosperity Institute highlighted many of them.