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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Nova Scotia environment minister states now is not the time for carbon tariff

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Key takeaways: 

  • Tim Halman lobbied his federal counterpart for other forms to handle climate change.
  • Nova Scotia Minister of Environment and Climate Change Tim Halman expresses that his government still has not agreed on how it will price carbon in 2023. 

Nova Scotia Environment Minister Tim Halman states he’s concerned if a federal carbon surcharge is levied on the region during this time of high inflation.

“Philosophically, I don’t have a problem with it. I get it. It’s about switching behavior patterns,” Halman told journalists at Province House on Thursday.

“As an environment minister, I understand that. I believe we’ve got to be natural and recognize the times we’re in and, as a government, we don’t feel it’s right.”

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Nova Scotia Environment Minister Tim Halman states he’s concerned if a federal carbon surcharge is levied on the region during this time of high inflation

Halman made the remarks after announcing that he wrote to his federal counterpart before this month questioning if there was any flexibility on federal rules pricing carbon in expectancies that Ottawa will not charge a tax if the Nova Scotia government fails to show another form it can price carbon to meet new restrictions.

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In a July 5 letter to Canada’s environment minister, Steven Guilbeault, which the region released Thursday, Halman notes that levying a federal carbon tax would add 14.4 cents per liter to the gas price starting next year.

Source – CBC News

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