Canada's Trudeau vows to impose carbon tax despite resistance

(Reuters, 23 Oct 2018) Official data regularly show Canada has little chance of meeting its climate change goals of reducing emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he would press ahead with plans to impose a carbon tax on provinces unwilling to combat climate change despite resistance in voter-rich parts of the country.

Starting in April 2019 carbon pollution will initially cost C$20 ($15.27) a tonne, rising by C$10 a year until it reaches C$50 in 2022.

Trudeau, whose ruling Liberals face an election in October 2019, told a news conference that all the money collected would be returned directly to taxpayers in the four provinces without plans to curb the emission of greenhouse gases.

"The effects of climate change are everywhere, and they are a constant reminder of the need to act now," he said in a statement, citing recent heat waves, floods and forest fires.

Official data regularly show Canada has little chance of meeting its climate change goals of reducing emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Canada's Conservatives, the largest opposition party in the federal Parliament, say they will scrap the levy if they take power next year.

Party leader Andrew Scheer, who has yet to unveil his own climate change plan, told reporters the tax would make it more costly for ordinary Canadians to drive cars and heat homes.

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