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A job killing facts free-for-all

By Dave Sawyer      

Job killing carbon tax you say? Prove it with the data I say.

With the growing evidence we have available to us, there needs to be a refocusing of effort to better take stock of actual policy performance. This becomes increasingly important as more and more carbon and clean energy policy is implemented by all levels of government across the federation. Collecting and assessing data is boring, but it will pay dividends. The Hill Times file photograph

The hyper-politicization of carbon pricing has led to a fact free-for-all. A church here and a long commute there are both facing economic ruin with that carbon tax on everything. Alternatively, it is all sunshine and rebates with families magically better off with the carbon action incentive. While this crescendo of polarization will only increase as the federal election nears, we no longer need to just speculate about carbon policy impacts. With well over a decade of provincial and federal policy implementation, we are rapidly accumulating a historical record helpful for assessing the real-world impacts of Canadian carbon policy.

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