Is there a conservative case against the carbon tax?

All four strands of conservatism in Canada – traditionalist, religious, free-market and populist – should logically support a tax

Is there a conservative case against the carbon tax?Conservative politicians across Canada have strongly opposed the federal government’s promise to impose a carbon tax since the idea was floated in 2015. It’s easy to see how conservatives would oppose a new tax created by the federal Liberal government. After all, what’s more conservative than opposing a new federal tax? Dig deeper into conservative…

Say no to a carbon tax, for the sake of your children

Research shows that only those born 45 years after a carbon tax is implemented will see any benefits that outweigh higher energy prices

Say no to a carbon tax, for the sake of your childrenI work on environmental and energy economics in both Canada and the United States. I’ve noticed that U.S. debates tend to focus on abstract principles – “capitalism versus socialism,” for example – whereas Canadians tend to put aside ideology and inquire about the empirical details. In this context, and as Canada’s political parties rollout their…

How Canada can tax carbon efficiently

Carbon tax should replace other, less efficient policies with the same objective and be offset by cuts in other taxes

How Canada can tax carbon efficientlyEconomists generally agree that imposing a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is the most efficient way to reduce them while minimizing the drawbacks associated with intervention. The devil, however, is in the details. And when you look at the details, the carbon pricing systems the federal and provincial governments of Canada have put in…

Trudeau government has failed to produce promised tax relief

By kicking today's debt down the road, the federal government is passing the burden of repayment to young Canadian families

Trudeau government has failed to produce promised tax reliefBy Jake Fuss and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute Providing tax relief for Canadian families has been a stated priority for the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since it assumed office. However, despite any rhetoric to the contrary, the tax burden for the average Canadian family has increased over the last four years. And…

Applying the stages-of-dying model to climate change

The change we need in half a generation is before us. Each of us can play our small part to end the cycle

Applying the stages-of-dying model to climate changeThose of us who signed up for Introductory Psychology 101 as university students were likely exposed to Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s model on the five stages of dying and death. I admit I had to look them up again to write this. But once found, I immediately recalled struggling with their ordered sequence in a lecture…

Extreme weather debate buries legitimate dissent

Roger Pielke Jr. was subjected to a vicious, well-funded smear campaign for raising legitimate concerns

Extreme weather debate buries legitimate dissentPrime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said the federal carbon tax, a key pillar in his government’s climate policy, will help protect Canadians from extreme weather. “Extreme weather events are extraordinarily expensive for Canadians, our communities and our economy,” he said, citing the recent tornadoes in Ottawa and wildfires in Western Canada. “That's why we need…

Alberta to pay a higher carbon tax than Quebec

Liberals “backstop” carbon-tax will lead to $30 a tonne next year for Alberta, 50% higher than the rate currently in place in Quebec

Alberta to pay a higher carbon tax than QuebecBy Jean Michaud and Germain Belzile Montreal Economic Institute New Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has vowed to repeal the provincial carbon levy implemented by the previous NDP government. That tax began in 2017 at $20 a tonne and rose to $30 a tonne before the NDP froze it in protest to delays over the Trans…

Does Canada’s food processing industry face death by regulation?

The trust gap between industry and government has grown, and they’re butting heads more frequently

Does Canada’s food processing industry face death by regulation?Food industries need to be regulated. But the delicate balance between protecting the public and supporting industrial growth may have reached a tipping point in Canada. In the Western world, governments successfully play the anti-business card by implementing regulations so consumers feel someone is looking out for them. But governments are also flirting with populist…

Loblaws subsidy underscores Canada’s flawed climate plan

Rather than relying on carbon pricing to make things happen, the government is picking winners and losers

Loblaws subsidy underscores Canada’s flawed climate planBy Elmira Aliakbari and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The federal government announced recently that it will provide up to $12 million in subsidies to Canadian supermarket giant Loblaws Inc. for new energy-efficient refrigerators. Unfortunately, the subsidy proves again that the nation’s climate plan is severely flawed. According to the government’s news release, the subsidy…

Albertans can’t hide from climate change as election debate rages

Many politicians would rather look to the past than mobilize to fight our greatest challenge

Albertans can’t hide from climate change as election debate ragesThe Alberta provincial election is a case study of the collective Canadian avoidance of climate change. Albertans are told to focus on either cutting various government programs or making deficit expenditures on new social programs, arguing about the pros and cons of taxes (especially carbon taxes), and a generalized hope for a return of high…