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Federal government to introduce carbon tax by 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proposed a $10 per tonne carbon tax for all of Canada by 2018. The plan is for it to increase by $10 a year until it reaches 50 in 2022.

Trudeau says provinces and territories will have the option of either implementing a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system, and a choice of how they use the revenue. If they don’t bring in a carbon price on their own, the federal government will impose one on them.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has already responded, saying the province will not support the climate change proposal without new pipelines. She says Albertans are asking for the landlock to be broken “in one direction or another” so the province can get back on its feet.

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