I don’t know much, but I know this: if you want to do something about climate change, the best and cheapest option is a carbon tax. You might not like it, but it’s true. There’s nothing better. A carbon tax works.
Climate change is a real, global problem that will require decisive action at the federal level. It is time for Canada to act as a real leader and bring forward new, innovative solutions. #ysw #yorksouthweston #womeninpolitics #iamcanada #cpc_hq #climatefirst #ClimateCrisis pic.twitter.com/zm6ylgldpG
— Jasveen Rattan PhD (@jasveenrattan) September 25, 2019
So it made me sad to see Jasveen Rattan, our Conservative candidate, say “Climate change is a real, global problem that will require decisive action at the federal level. It is time for Canada to act as a real leader and bring forward new, innovative solutions.” (My emphasis.)
The Conservatives’ platform is bizarrely Marxist. They propose “emissions standards for major emitters”. They want to manage industries and set standards and targets, like Soviet commissars did. If they want this to work (which I doubt) it will be much more expensive than a tax.
It’s a far better idea to let the market figure out how to avoid pollution or pay for it. It’s sad that the free-market, fiscally-prudent Conservatives can’t figure that out.
The Liberals created a carbon tax, and there is no reason for a new solution. Taxes let the free market come up with efficient solutions to a negative externality. They cannot be improved upon—it’s a mathematical fact.