With the advent of the federal carbon tax in force in four provinces on Monday, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the inhabitants of these regions can expect to pay an average of more than four cents per liter at the pump.
She said that 90 percent of these revenues will be returned through the Canadian tax credits.
"Yes, let's be clear. The price of gas will go a little over four cents, "McKenna told host Evan Solomon during an interview with & # 39; nd question period CTV, airing Sunday.
The government is pushing provinces to introduce a price on carbon emissions, starting at $ 10 per ton this year, with the ultimate goal to rise to $ 50 per ton in 2022, however, due to Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick has to submit plans meet the government's criteria, the liberal government is going to introduce a tax on them.
The tax comes into force on 1 April.
McKenna said the increase in prices at the pump consumers choose environmentally friendly options should go.
"This creates an incentive for people to consider, maybe I should look at more energy-efficient vehicles, maybe I should choose public transportation," said McKenna. "You still get the money back at the end of the day."
For some, however, the discount does not cut it.
The federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer stands close to several conservative premier & # 39; Jeremiah, who was vocally opposed to the federal carbon price. In a final attempt to draw attention to their opposition to the tax, the Conservatives Scheer were sending mass texts telling Canadians in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, to fill their gas tank this weekend ahead of the April 1 date of implementation of this policy.
"Andrew Scheer here," reads the text. "A carbon tax Trudeau will raise gas prices on Monday. So fill the tank!"
McKenna pushed by critics calling Scheer make your climate plan public.
"They have no climate plan. They spend all their time fighting and extinguishing of misinformation about our plan, "she said. "I think it is incumbent on the Conservatives to say that their plan."
She added that the political parties, and not fight with each other, should be "all work together" to combat climate change.
"Climate change is accelerating, it does not become less," McKenna said. "We must act, and we know a part of any plan for the climate of trust does not make it no longer free to pollute."
In October 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report insisting that the world is on track to fail to keep global warming below 2 C, which was the aim set out in the Agreement amending the 2015 Paris climate.
Objectives of the meeting, according to the report, "requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society."
McKenna, however, said, Canada is working hard to meet its 2030 goal to reduce emissions 30 percent lower than they were in 2005, despite a report of their own governments emission projections says that the government is far from its goal.
"These goals, let's be clear, it is years away. Of course, we must continue to take action, "she said.
When you click on, will be whether the government introduce additional environmental protection measures before the election, McKenna said that there is no plan to do so.
"We have already announced our action," she said.
She added, however, that the government is "always looking at what we can do more."
At the same time, the existing government's climate action continue to face opposition from the critics as Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. He cited his opposition to the federal carbon tax in Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to challenge the federal government's ability to charge.
MOU said that he was "looking forward to" the decision of the court "that [the government doesn’t] have a constitutional right to do so. "
Files from Canadian Press