The Canada We Want in 2020 Speaker Series: How to sell carbon pricing to Canadians

April 17, 2013

The magnitude of the carbon crisis is such that every possible tool needs to be available to policy makers as they craft their response.

The issue of carbon pricing is intensely polarized in Canada.

This panel projected forward and addressed the challenges and opportunities in moving beyond such polarization to develop a more constructive dialogue around carbon, climate and our energy future

We discussed how carbon pricing can be brought back into the stable of acceptable policy options at a federal level.

Wednesday April 17, 2013
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Château Laurier Hotel, Ottawa
Re-watch the event by clicking ‘watch this video’ above

We presented lessons from jurisdictions where carbon pricing is already in place, and expert views on the challenge of marketing complex policies.

Background reading:

Watch video interviews with each of our panelists:

  • The Hon. Jean Charest, former Premier of Quebec, partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Kathryn Harrison, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • Elizabeth May, M.P., Leader of the Green Party of Canada
  • Eric Newell, Chair of Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation, former Chancellor of the University of Alberta
  • Bob Inglis, former U.S. Republican Congressman and Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative of George Mason University

Read our media round-up from this event here.


Featured Participants

Bob Inglis

Former U.S. Congressman (R), Executive Director at Energy & Enterprise Initiative Panelist

Don Newman

Chair, Canada 2020 Advisory Board Bio

Elizabeth May, M.P.

Green Party Leader Panelist

Eric Newell

Chair, Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation Panelist

Kathryn Harrison

Professor, UBC Panelist

The Hon. Jean Charest, P.C.

Former Premier of Quebec, partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP Panelist

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  1. Pricing carbon is a critical success factor for the future of Canada & the world. A Carbon Fee & Dividend (aka Safe Climate Benefit), whereby a fee is collected at point of extraction or import is an easy, cheap, and fast way to implement a market-based, revenue-neutral, and technology-independent, accountable, predictable carbon price that escalates annually. The benefit returned to Canadians would provide funds to cover the increased price and take action to reduce emissions. A border adjustment would ensure Canadian exporters are not be penalized. It is a system easy to harmonize with other countries.

  2. I registered for this for “Livestream Only” and got a ticket, which said to bring the ticket to the “event entrance”. I can’t make it to Ottawa that day, and want to stream from my home in Kingston. Can I do that?

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