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Event #1090

Climate Change Mitigation: Carbon Pricing in the Canadian Federation


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

08:30 - 10:00
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AMS Nest - NEST 2601
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With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund.

That mitigation of climate change has proven contentious in the Canadian federation is arguably not surprising given variation of provincial emissions per capita by a factor of five. Still, in early 2018 the Trudeau government appeared to have accomplished the extraordinary feat of gaining a commitment by all but one province (Saskatchewan) to putting a price on carbon pollution. However, the landscape quickly shifted as provincial government and policies changed. The federal government now will impose a carbon tax in Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Manitoba in 2019. The remaining provinces have adopted diverse strategies, though the prospect of Alberta’s non-compliance with federal conditions looms in 2020. In this panel, political scientists will discuss why different provinces adopted distinctive approaches to carbon pricing and how and why provincial governments have responded to the threat of a federal carbon tax.

Kathryn Harrison, Professor of Political Science, UBC
David Houle, Independent Scholar
Andrea Olive, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
Leigh Raymond, Professor of Political Science, Purdue University

The co-hosts for this event are: 48 - Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) / Association canadienne de science politique (ACSP), The University of British Columbia, and Smart Prosperity