Wise public policy dictates that we tax forest carbon emissions where appropriate and then reinvest those funds in restoring our forests, which in Canada are almost entirely publicly owned.The current climate crisis provides all the justification Canada needs to do so.
Many emissions from Canadian forests are attributed to 'slash burning,' where forest companies deliberately burn the waste wood littering the ground after logging. These emissions are significant enough that in British Columbia, the environment minister is mandated to extend the province’s carbon tax to such operations, writes Ben Parfitt. Photograph courtesy Pixabay
As one of the largest and the most extensively forested countries in the world, Canada faces unique challenges in tackling climate change.
People. Policy. Politics. This is an exclusive subscriber-only story.
'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.