Alberta Requires Pipeline Approval in Exchange for Support of New Canada Carbon Tax

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that Canada will require a tax on carbon emissions as part of its plan to meet the goals set in the Paris climate change accord.

Provinces and territories will have the option to either put a direct tax on carbon emissions of at least C$10 a ton or join the cap-and-trade system.

Trudeau says the tax will help build a cleaner economy and protect the health of all Canadians.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said she will not support the plan without progress on energy infrastructure, referring to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project that would transport crude oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast. Trudeau has until December to make a decision on the project.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall responded negatively to the tax proposal saying his province’s economy is already suffering from a downturn in commodity prices.

Federal legislators on Wednesday will vote on the Paris accord ratification.

ABC News