A New Commission with a Prescription of “Ecofiscal” Policies for Canada

Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission was launched on November 4, with the release of a report which makes the economic case for a new suite of Canadian policies at the municipal, provincial and national level.

“Ecofiscal policies correct market signals to encourage the economic activities we want (job creation, investment, and innovation), while discouraging those we don’t (greenhouse gas emissions and pollution of our land, air, and water). They use prices to help companies and individuals make decisions that take the true value of our environmental assets into account.” The Commission describes itself as independent, and representative of all political viewpoints; this manifests itself in the membership, which includes prominent former politicians Jean Charest, Bob Rae, Preston Manning, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, and Mike Harcourt. It is housed at McGill University, and led by Professor Chris Ragan of the McGill University Department of Economics (formerly a special adviser to the Bank of Canada).

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Smart, Practical, Possible: Canadian Options for Greater Economic and Environmental Prosperity, Inaugural Report of  the EcoFiscal Commission (English Version / French Version).
 
Chris Ragan is interviewed by Tyler Hamilton of Corporate Knights magazine.

 

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