Justin Trudeau loves science!
I know Justin Trudeau loves science because he likes to tell us all about it, he even loves to hang out with Bill Nye The Not Quite a Scientist Guy.
When he was campaigning to become prime minister, Trudeau would attack Stephen Harper and the Conservatives for not trusting scientists, not basing their policies on evidence or facts. Yet now we have Justin Trudeau and his cabinet unable to answer what should be basic questions about the evidence behind one of their biggest policies, a price on carbon.
The Conservatives have a basic question, how much will greenhouse gas emissions go down as a result of the $50 a tonne carbon tax that Trudeau is bringing in.
If the policy is based on science, on evidence, then the answer should be easy to provide.
But the Liberals can’t or won’t give an answer.
First it was Catherine McKenna at the Commons Environment Committee.
The fact that the minister could not, or would not answer was stunning but when the prime minister is asked the same question almost a week later, you would imagine his staff would have written up a sensible reply.
Nope. Watch as Trudeau fails to answer a simple question not once but twice.
Considering how important a carbon tax is to this prime minister, to this government, why can’t they simply say, “Greenhouse gases will be reduced by….”
Well my hunch is that they do know the answer but they don’t want it to come out.
The Trudeau carbon tax plan starts at $10 a tonne and moves to $50 a tonne by 2022. According to several reports, Canada would need a much higher carbon tax to achieve the reductions this government has promised.
An Environment Canada report from December 2015 said the price on carbon would need to be $300 a tonne to meet targets. A report issued by a pair of environmental economists last year suggest a price of between $150 and $220 a tonne.
Either way those a prices far higher than the $50 a tonne Trudeau is selling.
If we need the price to be that high in order to meet targets then the research likely suggests that a $50 a tonne carbon tax won’t have the desired effect that Trudeau is promising. You wouldn’t want that getting out now would you?
They also are likely afraid to be discussing the need for an increased carbon tax before the next election. In October 2019, the price will still be so low that it won’t be too painful but what would the public say if they knew that Trudeau was going to hike the tax to $300?