Prime Minister Trudeau says he has reached a framework agreement on climate change with the provinces and territories, although two of them aren’t signing on.
Trudeau emerged yesterday from a meeting with the premiers in Ottawa to say the deal will allow Canada to prove to the world that a clean environment and a strong economy go hand in hand. The core measure is the imposition of a national price on carbon, starting at $10 per ton of emissions in 2018.
But Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall refused to sign on to any deal that includes a carbon tax. Manitoba’s Brian Pallister also opted to not sign on, suggesting he was concerned about rising health care costs and wanted some commitments with Ottawa on that issue.
The hard math of cutting greenhouse gas emissions was almost lost amid the politics. There was also no detailed accounting of how Canada will reach its international emissions reduction targets.