Dec 10, 2016
By Christine Ross
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a national climate change plan Friday but two provincial premiers are refusing to sign it. Manitoba’s premier is refusing get on board without securing a promise for more federal health care money. Brian Pallister staged a one-man protest of sorts over the Trudeau government’s intention to cut annual increases to health care transfer payments. Pallister wasn’t alone, however, in his opposition to the climate change agreement. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who is opposed to a national price on carbon, also refused to sign. B-C Premier Christy Clark was one of the players threatening to opt out of a deal, but an eleventh hour compromise brought her on board. Under that compromise, carbon pricing would pause at B-C’s existing 30-dollar level in 2020.The framework highlights a plan to introduce carbon pricing from coast to coast starting in 2018.