NDP

Province must negotiate better deal on carbon price

October 4, 2016


For immediate release. 

HALIFAX – Environment Minister Margaret Miller should be defending Nova Scotia’s interests at federal meetings on carbon pricing instead of walking away from the table.

“The federal government has made it clear that they will implement a price on carbon whether Stephen McNeil agrees to it or not. Nova Scotia cannot negotiate a fair deal for our province if we aren’t at the table,” said NDP Environment Critic Denise Peterson-Rafuse.

The NDP government was the first in North America to put hard caps on greenhouse gas emissions for electricity. As a result of this NDP initiative, Nova Scotia is a leader in the country when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The NDP is proposing that to make any carbon pricing scheme work in Nova Scotia, it must fulfil several criteria. The outcome of any price on carbon must be to reduce greenhouse gases, reduce energy insecurity for low- and middle- income families and people living in rural areas, invest in transitioning to green energy, and aim at a local job gain.

“The NDP’s hard caps on greenhouse gas emissions should be recognized as a success across the country,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “But if the federal government is going to make us adopt a carbon price, it has to be focused on reducing emissions, making life more affordable for low- and middle-income families, and improving our economy.”

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.