Conservative leader Erin O’Toole declined to give a direct answer on Wednesday when asked whether she would allow provinces and territories to keep a Liberal carbon tax if the Conservatives form a government.
The question was asked in response to O’Toole’s comments during an interview with the Toronto Star, where he stated that the Conservative Carbon Pricing Scheme would be an “alternative” to the current price on carbon.
O’Toole also told The Star In provinces where a carbon tax currently applies, such as Ontario, they must decide whether to switch to the Conservatives’ plan or keep the current tax.
“We have said that we will work with the provinces on their approach to meet our Paris commitments. And we have put in place a very innovative approach to the pricing of carbon that we have devised to meet our objectives. ,” O’Toole said during a campaign in Quebec on Wednesday.
“What we need six years after Mr Trudeau is less fighting, less misleading statements on subjects by the prime minister, and more real action.”
O’Toole has repeatedly pledged that a Conservative government would “meet” Canada’s Paris Agreement target for greenhouse gas reductions.
But that pledge is misleading because O’Toole has also said the goal it intends to meet is a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. This was Canada’s original goal under the Paris Agreement, but that had changed before. The year when the liberal government set a new target of 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels.
Canada’s current target under the Paris Agreement was announced in April and formally announced with the United Nations in July.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said: “The contrast (between the Liberals and the Conservatives) is clear with Mr O’Toole, who wants to go back to Mr Harper’s goals, even though we have already set more ambitious targets within the Paris Agreement.” have done.” said at a campaign stop in Halifax on Wednesday.
Liberal candidate Jonathan Wilkinson, who is also Canada’s current environment minister, issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the Conservatives’ carbon pricing plan, saying it lacked details and when it would be implemented or how long it would take. There is no clear information about what it will cost.
Wilkinson also criticized the Conservatives platform, which pledges that an individual carbon savings account that functions similarly to a reward points system “could be managed by a consortium of companies” without providing any details about these companies. Is”.
“It is up to Mr. O’Toole to tell climate-related voters what exactly and how this policy will work,” Wilkinson said in the statement.
The Conservatives announced their climate change plan in April and incorporated many of these details into their 2021 election platform.
The Conservative plan includes a price on carbon that would be capped at $50 per tonne, far below the $170 per ton that the Liberal Carbon Tax maximum would be.
O’Toole has said that his carbon pricing plan is “not a tax” because none of the revenue collected will go to the federal government. Instead, it will be held in personal carbon savings accounts, which people can use to buy items for a “greener” living.