Andrew Coyne: How a carbon tax without the U.S. can work for Canada

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By Andrew Coyne, Ottawa Citizen, November 22, 2016

Thirty years ago, when Canada entered into negotiations on a free trade deal with the United States, opponents of the deal knew, absolutely knew, that our economy could not possibly survive it.

Industries in Canada, they were sure, faced much higher costs than their American competitors, to pay for our vaunted social programs. Without the protective buffer that tariffs provided, they would be decimated — or we should have to jettison the policies that made up our distinctive Canadian way of life, to level the playing field.

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