Canada’s Conservative Environmental Legacy

As the Canadian conservative movement enters a period of policy renewal, this creates an opportunity for conservative leaders to reconnect with their past, their traditions and their principles and to reaffirm themselves as a strong political party on the issue of the environment. As noted by historians Dr. Sarah K. Gibson and Arthur Milnes in

A Tax We Could Learn To Love

This article was originally published by CNN in December 2012 and is reproduced here with the permission of the author. The earth continues to warm, and to warm fast, with serious consequences for human life and welfare. 2012 saw the worst drought in the United States in half a century. Russia suffered its second bad

Make It Revenue Neutral

In our submission to the Alberta Climate Leadership panel chaired by Dr. Andrew Leach, we called on the panel to recommend “the most effective and economically sound approach to emissions reduction: a revenue-neutral carbon fee.” When the Climate Leadership Plan was released last November, we stated clearly in an op-ed in the Calgary Herald that

Now What?

The federal government, along with eleven provinces and territories, should be congratulated for these accomplishments. And they are likely to be joined by another province, Manitoba, whose Premier, Brian Pallister, has indicated support for the climate plan in principle, but is withholding his signature pending progress on achieving more funding for health care. Saskatchewan’s Brad

A Not So Modest Proposal

Chong’s plan would cut personal income taxes by $22 billion dollars per year, slashing the current five federal tax brackets – 15%, 20.5%, 26%. 29%, and 33% – to two – keeping only the 15% and 29%–a 10% cut in personal income taxes overall. He would also cut corporate income taxes by 5% (roughly 1%

Off to a Good Start

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new federal carbon price plan on the floor of the House of Commons this morning. At the same time, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced details of the plan to her provincial and territorial colleagues at the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment meeting in

The Pacific Northwest LNG Decision

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced this week that the federal cabinet had approved the Pacific Northwest LNG project, subject to 190 conditions. Some environmental groups have called the decision a betrayal, accusing the Trudeau government of dropping a “carbon bomb” that will make meeting Canada’s Paris climate targets impossible. But Minister McKenna defended the decision

The Right Way to Cut Ontario’s Emissions

Earlier this week, a prominent Canadian environmentalist wrote that “carbon pricing alone is not sufficient to cut carbon emissions to the extent required.” He argued that carbon pricing must be backed up by complementary actions, paid for by the revenues brought in by carbon pricing. In Ontario’s proposed $15 per tonne scenario, he isn’t wrong.

Delivering On the Paris Agreement without Breaking the Bank

Last week 175 world leaders signed a landmark agreement for global climate action. This is historic. But as we have come to know, the proof is in the ratification, and ultimately the implementation. Particularly if Canada is expected to deliver on its reduction commitment of 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. But what will it

One Simple Way Ontario Can Ease Cap and Trade Tensions

Recent news stories have revealed internal tensions facing the Ontario Government over how to best implement a carbon price. A number of ministers are apparently deeply concerned about the economic impact of removing $1.9 billion from the economy, and proposing a wide range of ways to protect consumers and companies from these higher costs –

Bringing a Progressive Stance to Old Party Values

Next week in Vancouver, Patrick Brown, the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, will speak to a group of gay, lesbian and transgender Tories about equality and how it doesn’t matter who you love. The very next day, he will speak to another group, telling them that climate change is a threat, man-made, and

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