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Is Canada’s carbon-pricing policy striking the right balance?

Climate and Energy

by  Chris Ragan, Peter Robinson and Steve Williams Debates about Canadian climate policy attract people from different perspectives and life experiences – including the three authors of this column. What views could we possibly share regarding sensible climate policy? Heading up an environmental organization, Peter Robinson understandably emphasizes the urgent need to act decisively to […]

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Linking climate policy and economic growth in Saskatchewan

Climate and Energy

by  Craig Alexander and Chris Ragan Even after last week’s budget, Saskatchewan faces two important economic challenges. The first is to enhance its economic growth, projected to be below the national average this year. The second is to reduce its GHG emissions, currently the highest in Canada in per-capita terms. Addressing either one is tough enough. […]

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Why carbon pricing and rebates to oil companies go hand in hand

Climate and Energy

We want firms to get cleaner, not smaller. So we should help those most exposed to competitiveness pressures caused by carbon pricing. Canadian provinces are actively moving toward putting a broad-based price on greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, some of them are providing cash rebates back to businesses in emissions-intensive sectors. This combination […]

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The case for free allocation of emission permits

Climate and Energy

by Mark Purdon, David Houle and Blake Shaffer Our next report will explore the challenges and opportunities with different approaches to recycling revenues from carbon pricing. To better understand the trade-offs associated with each revenue recycling option, we commissioned a set of six papers authored by some of Canada’s leading policy thinkers. What are the […]

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Ecofiscal Submission: Ontario Cap-and-Trade Design Options

Climate and Energy

The Ecofiscal Commission firmly supports the advancement of the Ontario cap-and-trade program as a means to price carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effective and cost-effective manner. In November, the Government of Ontario released program design options for its incoming cap and trade system that will be linked with Quebec, Manitoba and California. […]

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