Alberta Carbon Pricing

Alberta has announced a carbon fee for all sectors; the most efficient tool to demonstrate climate leadership, while ensuring a strong and vibrant future for our economy. But Albertan families must also be protected.

The Lost Green Conservative

In 2011, 33% of Conservative voters were categorized as “climate voters”. In 2015, more than half of those voters were lost. If the Conservatives want to return to power, their party must commit to finding fiscally responsible, free market solutions to climate change. Conservatives care about the environment. A new research project from Vox Pop

Garbage to Gold

Across Canada more than $1 billion of valuable materials are thrown away every year. In Ontario, the cost of waste management is sky-rocketing and there is no incentive for producers to create less waste. That’s why the province should adopt Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR).

BC Carbon Pricing

In 2008, BC brought in a world renowned carbon tax, which returns all revenue generated to taxpayers and job creators across the province’s economy. In 2016, the province is reevaluating the system, and we made the following recommendations.

Canada’s Innovative Climate Strategy

A procession of provinces boast carbon taxes; others have embraced a cross-border cap-and-trade system; some place a levy on carbon for specified emitters; and others promote business contracts for carbon. The nation lacks commonality when it comes to carbon pricing. But with relatively low national emissions, the pan-Canadian climate strategy must also look past its

The Least Costly Path to Climate Action

Carbon pricing has been a wedge issue for the last decade – dividing provinces, political parties, and of course, dinner tables across Canada. For those who oppose a carbon tax, it is a ‘job killing tax on everything’, usually accompanied by unchecked increases in government spending, and is more about raising money for governments than

British Columbia’s Climate Leadership Plan

British Columbia announced its long awaited renewed Climate Leadership Plan this afternoon amid talks of a pan-Canadian strategy on emissions reductions. The province, one of Canada’s early adopters of climate action, has developed a plan that includes a variety of actions to meet its emissions reductions goals, and indicated a willingness to go further on

Cultivating a Green Conservatism

There is an old model of the economy that is well lodged in the heads of my generation of business people and politicians. It envisions the economy as a sequence of functions—extraction, processing, manufacturing, distribution, and consumption. And, oh yes, then there is the environment and environmental protection. But note that in this model, attention


Conservatives come from a variety of backgrounds, and yet seem to all agree on a particular set of economic ideas. Doubtlessly, when taking an effective stance on public policy, we do not shy away from insisting that a market-based solution is almost always the most effective solution. So let’s discuss Denmark. Denmark’s government is a

The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax

For almost a decade, many Canadian conservatives have shied away from the idea of putting a price on carbon, deeming it an unnecessary “tax on everything.” But with a large majority of the Canadian population supporting some form of carbon pricing, and carbon pricing regimes in place or under consideration in provinces with over 80%

The Business Case For Carbon Pricing

The Business Council of Canada endorsed carbon pricing almost a decade ago, in a 2007 policy declaration titled “Clean Growth: Building a Canadian Environmental Superpower”. A year later, British Columbia introduced its groundbreaking carbon tax – the first such scheme in Canada and one of the first anywhere in the world. The rationale behind our

How BC’s Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax Was A Triple Win

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” Abraham Lincoln, 1862. People love

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