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While the Trudeau government is refusing to back down from its plan mandating provinces and territories impose a carbon levy in 2018, it must still contend with competing concerns over regional pushback, rising American competition, and ever-present political optics, say critics and observers. Most notably, the Saskatchewan and Manitoba governments and Alberta's popular United Conservative Party oppose Ottawa’s carbon tax guidelines, while trade-sensitive industries, such as the energy sector, are worried about increasing competition from its southern neighbours,

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Plenty of challenges for Ottawa to sort through with carbon pricing in 2018, say critics and observers

By Jolson Lim      

Regional opposition are at the centre of concerns, but Trump's endorsement of high-polluting industries may throw a wrench at Ottawa's plans, says one pollster.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, pictured in the House of Commons foyer in October, said it's full steam ahead with the government's plan requiring the provinces and territories to impose a carbon levy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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