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Green Party Leader calls on Higgs Government to make industry pay its fair share to fight climate change

by Amanda Wildeman
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January 21, 2020

Green Party Leader calls on Higgs Government to make industry pay its fair share to fight climate change

Fredericton – Green Party Leader and MLA for Fredericton-South, David Coon, is calling on the Higgs government to implement an industrial carbon price that will see large industry pay its fair share to fight climate change.

Coon will be tabling an amendment at Economic Policy Committee today to ensure that the government’s bill to regulate industrial carbon pollution creates a regulatory framework and industrial carbon price consistent with achieving the province’s greenhouse gas emissions targets, as legislated in New Brunswick’s Climate Change Act.

“The draft regulations that the government released last summer were inadequate to ensure we meet our 2030 greenhouse gas emission targets,” says Coon. “In fact, New Brunswick’s proposal to regulate carbon pollution from heavy industry is among the weakest in Canada – while Alberta has one of the strongest.

“We need to ensure that any regulations to the Climate Change Act, put forward by government, are consistent with achieving New Brunswick’s climate targets,” says Coon. “The Higgs government has accepted these targets, so we are simply looking for action that matches their climate change commitments.”

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