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Senator says carbon pricing deadline is unrealistic

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Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson says the territory does not have the time to have a new carbon pricing regime in place by 2018, as the federal government has dictated it must.

In a speech to the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce on June 29, Patterson said that he remains concerned about the fact that no one in the territory knows exactly what a carbon tax is going to look like.

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Nunavut doesn’t have time to develop a “carbon pricing regime” by 2018 when the fuel emission tax comes into force in Canada.

That’s what Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson told a June 29 breakfast gathering organized by the Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce.

Carbon pricing, as it is currently planned, would place a surcharge of $10 per tonne on carbon-based fuels, mostly diesel, sold in Canada, starting in 2018. This surcharge would increase to $50 per tonne by 2022.

“It’s a mechanism meant to alter behaviour of consumers by making it cheaper to use alternative sources of energy rather than dirty and polluting fossil fuels,” said Patterson.