Premier Wade MacLauchlan welcomes carbon pricing agreement

Jim Day
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Premier Wade MacLauchlan is returning to P.E.I. from the first ministers meeting in Vancouver. He is pictured here speaking with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne 

Premier Wade MacLauchlan is returning to P.E.I. from the first ministers meeting in Vancouver with a sense of accomplishment.

“It achieved what I had hoped for,’’ says MacLauchlan.

The premier says the 13 provincial and territorial leaders and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reached a consensus to work together to move towards what he termed a lower carbon future.

Opposition Leader Jamie Fox is eager for details on the province’s carbon tax plans.

“All other Atlantic premiers have weighed in yet ours continues to avoid sharing any details,’’ Fox said in a statement Friday.

“Islanders can be forgiven for thinking that this government has no plan, no costs, and no clue on a new carbon tax for Islanders.’’

MacLauchlan says he has nothing to announce.

He says P.E.I. will be part of a working group that will work over the next six months to determine carbon price mechanisms.

 “If anybody has any great ideas on that we would welcome them,’’ said MacLauchlan.

“”I think what we all agreed to (Thursday)…is that we will work together on carbon pricing mechanisms adapted to each province’s and territories’ circumstances.’’

Carbon taxes are typically levied on fuels and other greenhouse gas sources such as gasoline, diesel, propane and furnace oil.

In addition to carbon pricing mechanisms, the working groups will examine adaptation and resilience, such as clean infrastructure spending, clean tech innovation and jobs, and climate mitigation strategies.

MacLauchlan says P.E.I. was recognized at the conference for gains in biomass and wind energy.

“And to recognize in a global sense that P.E.I. is a leader,’’ he added.

He believes increased attention to clean tech innovation will provide the province an opportunity to grow its economy.

The Vancouver meeting was supposed to be the venue where a new, ambitious national target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was set following December’s international Paris climate accord.

There was no new target set Thursday and Trudeau referred to the existing 2030 goal set by the previous Conservative government as a “significant’’ challenge, “but it is one we are going to be able to reach.’’




Geographic location: P.E.I., Vancouver, Paris

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  • don
    March 05, 2016 - 11:05

    now we know why we are going to be hit with tax's and more to come. liberal voters be proud when you read this.. The Canadian government has nearly completed a gradual sell-off of its gold reserves as its holdings of the precious metal now amount to just a few dozen ounces. can wade and the liberals on ottawa explain why we are nearly BROKE?? THIS IS DONE BY THE LIBERALS NOT THE PC................... if cbc will post this you can check it your self at .

  • Observer
    March 05, 2016 - 09:40

    All that way, all that money, 13 leaders no less, all the way to Vancouver, all that expense, looking for the great solution and what did you get? A "concensus to work together" well that about says it all, thanks very much Premier, that should do it, should start seeing results when? about a week? oh, you mean all these good Libs that put you into office can explain it, they must like your solution to the problem, guess they do, they are pretty silent.

  • Blly
    March 05, 2016 - 09:34

    After reading all of the comments I wonder who actually voted these people into office. Seems no one now wants to admit it.

  • Jeff
    March 05, 2016 - 08:50

    I certainly hope everyone is happy with the current everyone struggles on PEI... Mighty Wade and his band of greedy politicians with income almost triple of the average islanders decide supporting carbon tax and higher HST is a great idea. Good thing Wade gave himself a big raise in order to afford this tax hike. Can't wait until next elections to give these guys the boot.... we should of gave them the boot last election.

  • You voted for him!
    March 04, 2016 - 20:25

    You voted for Wade and the "Selfie"; now enjoy the results!!!

  • martin
    March 04, 2016 - 19:14

    Breaking News: King Wade places a new tax on the air we breathe. Hopefully it will balance the budget.

  • Big Joe
    March 04, 2016 - 18:50

    Of course Wade has a "sense of accomplishment". He's got another excuse for burdening Islanders with another tax. What more could he ask for?

  • Garth Staples
    March 04, 2016 - 18:15

    More tax and spend for what purpose and what possible results on PEI!

  • Mary
    March 04, 2016 - 17:06

    Enjoy your one term Wade along with Justin! Finally gas and oil going down in price so the average person can afford to drive and now you fools with your overspending what to hit us with a tax pretending its all about the environment SHAME ON YOU!

  • Robert Arsenault
    March 04, 2016 - 16:30

    I would like to know what this guy has finished beisdes trvelling outside the province

  • Sean
    March 04, 2016 - 15:01

    Let me guess. It's gonna cost ...not the government, but us. People invented the electric car many years ago, but of course, no money in that..let's keep selling gas..people invented free hydro, government got rid if that pretty quick as well, lets keep burning fossil's the government ruining earth with corruption and greed, I think it's time to make them pay for things with all the money they pretend not to have..

  • Islander
    March 04, 2016 - 14:54

    You will not get any answers from this guy Jamie. There is nothing to tell, they argued alot and than agree on some form of tax, set up committees to meet again in six months and on and on we go. As you can see getting all Provinces to agree upsets the ones with all the power. PEI is not as famous as Mr Premier would like us all to believe. Other Provinces know very well how this Province has been managed over the last ten yrs. Just another trip and more BS

  • Woody
    March 04, 2016 - 14:45

    In other words it was a meet and greet with lots of fine dining.

  • Quiet Observer
    March 04, 2016 - 14:35

    Of course Wade has no problem to add another tax on Islanders. That's what the Liberals are all about - tax everyday Islanders until we can't afford to be Islanders any more.

  • Garth Staples
    March 04, 2016 - 13:43

    The Premier welcomes a new TAX and SPEND plan that he knows nothing about??

  • kyle
    March 04, 2016 - 13:09

    I wonder if the pei carbon tax is going to be revenue neutral like B C or just another tax grab?

  • mutt
    March 04, 2016 - 13:04

    By 2030 Wade won't care (or remember) about anything.

  • don
    March 04, 2016 - 12:44

    well liberal voters you wanted them in now they are going to up the hst to 15% plus they are going to add another tax. i hope you are all proud of your vote. now i am sure the hst will be added to everything including heating fuel,gas,etc. they love the tax money they get to help there fellow rich liberals........

    March 04, 2016 - 12:42

    One thing is for sure...It will cost each and everyone of us more money