- Thursday, March 9, 2017
- 1 pm EST
Carbon Pricing From the Left
Series: comparing and contrasting carbon pricing across the political spectrum
Governments across the political spectrum are exploring and implementing carbon pricing… but not always in exactly the same way. In our second online panel discussion in a series of how carbon pricing differs on the right and left sides of the political spectrum, we explore progressives’ perspective on what a real-world carbon pricing policy package should look like. Our esteemed panel will look at the different approaches left-leaning governments are taking in Canada, including how provinces are revenue recycling to ensure household fairness and spur the transition to a low-carbon economy. For the perspective from the right, see our first panel in this series: Carbon Pricing from the Right.
Chris RaganChair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
McGill University, Department of Economics
Angella MacEwenLabour and Social Policy Economist, Canadian Labour Congress
Angella is a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and a Policy Fellow with the Broadbent Institute. She is on the steering committee of the Progressive Economics Forum, and a regular contributor to the PEF blog. Angella holds a MA in Economics (Dalhousie) and a BA in International Development Studies (Saint Mary’s).
Rick SmithExecutive Director, Broadbent Institute
A prominent Canadian author, environmentalist and non-profit leader, Rick is the Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute.
From 2003 to 2012, he served as Executive Director of Environmental Defence. He is the co-author of two bestselling books on the health effects of pollution: Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health (2009) and Toxin Toxout (2014). A Quill & Quire “Book of the Year”, Slow Death by Rubber Duck has been featured by the Washington Post (which said it “is hard-hitting in a way that turns your stomach and yet also instills hope”), Dr. Oz, Fox News, and Oprah Magazine, and translated into six languages.
Rick is a former Chief of Staff for the federal NDP, and has led many successful campaigns for important new public policies at the federal and provincial levels related to environmental and consumer protection, urban planning and green jobs creation. Originally from Montreal, he holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Guelph, is currently a Director of Équiterre and the Greenbelt Foundation, and a member of the Panel of Environment and Sustainable Development Advisors for the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Canada. When not working in an airport terminal somewhere, he lives in east end Toronto with his wife Jennifer Story and their two young boys.