On March 3rd, 2016 the Premiers are going to meet with Justin Trudeau to talk about climate change. It is expected that the Federal Government will propose some form of national carbon pricing scheme. As one of the most impacted jurisdictions in Canada and the world, it is imperative that the NWT join the fight against climate change by putting a price on carbon.
80% of Canada’s population already has some from of carbon pricing. Alberta has recently announced they are joining BC with a carbon tax. As a jurisdiction it is important that we join our biggest trading partners and include a price on carbon that is fair and equitable and promotes decision making that accounts for the costs that climate change has on society.
Ecology North developed this carbon tax discussion paper that provides a clear outline of carbon regimes across Canada, the argument for, and two options for a carbon tax that make sense for the NWT. These options take into account small remote communities, and low-income households which have fewer options to change. Please take a look at this paper and push your MLA to support a carbon tax for NWT.