B.C. keeps freeze on carbon tax in new climate plan, won't adjust target dates

Christie Clark, The Canadian Press.
Christie Clark in a January 30, 2016 file photo. Photo courtesy The Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press.

The B.C. government will not increase its carbon tax, rejecting a recommendation from a group of advisers to increase the levy to fight climate change.

The province released its Climate Action Plan today, promising to take action on 21 measures to help it meet the target to reduce emissions by 80 per cent of 2007 levels by 2050.

By sticking to the 2050 date, the province has also decided against moving up the target to 2030, as its Climate Leadership Team recommended.

The group of experts, First Nations, and business leaders who were appointed by the government to the Climate Leadership Team made 32 recommendations last fall, including raising the $30-per-tonne carbon tax by $10 annually starting in 2018.

The carbon tax has been in place since 2008 but includes some industry exemptions.

The government says it will re-evaluate the carbon tax once other jurisdictions catch up to B.C.

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