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Will the carbon tax actually help the environment?

Last Updated Oct 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm EDT

The Northwest Territories has announced it will implement a carbon tax.The N.W.T.'s tax will begin on July 1, 2019, at $20 a tonne. Smoke billows from smokestacks near Emmett, Kansas, on Dec. 2, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charlie Riedel

Depends on who you ask. Either way, the fight around the federal Liberals’ climate change policy is shaping up to be the key battle of the 2019 election. Here’s the thing, though: Chances are you don’t actually know how you’ll be hit with it when it lands on Jan. 1. And on Tuesday, despite also not really knowing how much their plan will impact you, the Liberals announced rebates for Canadian families in certain provinces.

It’s the most convoluted federal-provincial policy we’ve encountered since…marijuana legalization, just last week. And that doesn’t even take into account the branding war over what we’ll actually call this thing. Is it a tax on everything or a price on pollution? Whichever side you land on, be prepared to hear both those phrases a lot. We’ll take you inside the climate change debate, and try to figure out how and if you’ll end up paying for it.

Parliament Hill Reporter Cormac Mac Sweeney joins Jordan Heath-Rawlings to break it down.

Today’s Podcast – A carbon tax or a price on pollution?


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