Green Party MP for Nanaimo–Ladysmith, Paul Manly, is bringing forward a petition. The petition calls on the government to update Canada’s climate action targets, increase the carbon price, establish an expert review panel on carbon price increments and improve Canadian’s awareness of carbon price rebates.
Thank you to Eric Stark from Scarborough, Ontario for initiating this petition. Please read and sign!
Petition to the Government of Canada
- We must remain below the 1.5 degree Celsius warming threshold to prevent catastrophic climate change;
- Canada's current climate targets were set by the Harper government in 2015. They constitute approximately half of what must be done to limit global average temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius, as required under the Paris Agreement;
- Climate Action Tracker, an independent international think tank, considers Canada’s projected emission levels for 2030 as “highly insufficient”;
- As part of an integrated approach to address the climate crisis, economists agree that a steady increase in carbon pricing can be an effective way to transition to a low carbon economy;
- The federal government scheduled an incremental increase to carbon pricing at $10 per tonne per year. This will end in 2022;
- Canada's Ecofiscal Commission recommends an increase of $20 per tonne per year, past 2022 just to meet these “highly insufficient” emission reduction targets set by the Harper government;
- Carbon price rebates give almost all Canadians, except for the top 20% of income earners, a net financial benefit.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
- Update Canada's climate action targets to reflect science and the IPCC 2018 report;
- Begin to implement carbon price increases at $25 per tonne per year past 2022;
- Establish a panel of experts to review the yearly carbon price increments and ensure that they meet Canada's climate action targets; and
- Ensure Canadians become fully aware of the carbon price rebates through regularly issued cheques or direct bank deposits.
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