Carbon-tax backstop leaves small businesses at pointy end of pricing-adjustment stick: CFIB

TED MALLETT | March 4, 2019

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“We are all in this together” is one of the main talking points governments use in crafting policy responses to fears about global warming. It’s especially so for Canadian governments because there is not much a small country can do that would have measurable effects on the world’s atmosphere. Canadian carbon policy is only meaningful if each country is doing its part.There are many approaches to reducing the use of carbon fuels — a major contributor to GHGs — ranging from regulatory limits, bans and incentives to re-pricing mechanisms, and in true Canadian fashion our governments are using them all. The approach is anything but consistent nationally, but at least the provincial approaches have been relatively even-handed in how they balance costs and incentives. The federal carbon backstop plan, however, soon to appear in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick, is anything but.

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