Ottawa signs off on Doug Ford’s industrial carbon pricing plan, even though it’s ‘weaker’

By Emma McIntosh, National Observer, September 21, 2020

The federal government has approved Ontario’s plan to charge industry for carbon pollution, even though it is “clearly weaker” than what Ottawa intended.

In a statement Monday, federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Premier Doug Ford’s program “meets the minimum stringency requirements” to replace Ottawa’s version and the government is “required” to sign off.

“However, the proposed Ontario system is clearly weaker than the federal backstop system that it would be replacing,” the statement said.

“It is therefore not consistent with a long-term climate plan aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

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