To see the flaws in Scheer's climate plan, look to Australia - 2019-10-09
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer argues carbon pricing is the wrong way to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. He has pledged to eliminate the federal carbon pricing system, promising that scrapping it will bring down the cost of living and unleash more business investment.
Most economists disagree. And all of the other major parties include carbon pricing of some form in their respective plans to meet Canada's Paris commitments. So Scheer's approach is a clear outlier, both intellectually and politically.
Scheer claims his plan to eliminate carbon pricing, eliminate energy efficiency standards, and provide subsidies to "green" corporate investments would still allow Canada to meet its Paris targets. Most climate policy experts scoff at this claim. On Friday, September 27 -- the same day almost a million Canadians marched as part of the global climate strike initiative -- he announced a new pledge to build bigger roads, laughably suggesting that, too, would reduce emissions.