Work and Climate Change Report

Upcoming Nova Scotia budget: another forum for the carbon tax question

With a large deficit projected, the government of Nova Scotia has been holding budget consultations , which run until February 26, 2016. In December, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives contributed Stronger Together: the Nova Scotia Alternative Provincial Budget 2016 . It calls for a carbon tax, with half the revenue directed to income support programs, and the other half used to set up a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to enable low-carbon investment, green job growth, and poverty reduction. A February 3 Editorial in the Halifax Chronical-Herald endorsed the idea of a carbon tax. In February 2015, Brendan Haley wrote Will Nova Scotia Implement a Carbon Tax?  which explained the context of the on-going debate.