Justin Trudeau vows to 'put a price on carbon,' invest in clean tech
Published Monday, June 29, 2015 2:26PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 29, 2015 3:41PM EDT
Justin Trudeau is promising to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and expand investment in ‘clean’ technology if elected prime minister.
The Liberal leader focused on clean technologies, green jobs and carbon pricing as he unveiled the major planks of his environmental platform during a news conference in Vancouver on Monday.
If the Liberals form government, Trudeau also vowed to work with the provinces within 90 days of taking office to establish a “framework” for reducing Canada’s carbon footprint.
“It’s time Canada put a price on carbon pollution,” he said.
Trudeau also said he would attend the upcoming United Nations climate change conference in Paris with premiers.
In an attempt to paint the Liberals as the party of choice for matters relating to the environment, Trudeau also said he would “clean up the mess in our own backyard” by putting some “teeth” back into environmental review process, which he says was “gutted” by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Trudeau blasted the Conservatives’ environmental record, saying Harper has failed to take action on climate change while letting other countries take the lead on "clean" jobs.
“For 10 years, we’ve had a government that has done nothing to understand that the world has changed, that you cannot build a strong economy without protecting and preserving our environment,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau’s plan for the environment:
- Establish national carbon pricing framework with provincial leaders within 90 days following election
- Invest in clean technologies, develop energy strategy
- Enhance tax measures to help companies innovate and grow
- Attend December Paris UN climate change world conference with premiers
- Overhaul National Energy Board assessment process to include more community consultation
- Suspend admission fees to national parks in 2017, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation
- Create Green Investment Bond to develop renewable energy
- Phase out fossil fuel subsidies
- Increase the amount of protected marine and coastal areas to five percent by 2017 and 10 per cent by 2020.