“We don’t inherit this land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”
– Haida Nation
In Canada, we’re blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and pristine environment. There is always more we can do to protect our land, air, and water.
The G-7 has called for a decarbonized global economy by the end of the century. I support that. I believe in a low carbon future. I was an early adopter of a hybrid vehicle.
But let’s get real. Halting climate change through decarbonization will require a technological breakthrough, or what Bill Gates calls an energy miracle. This miracle won’t come about via carbon taxation.
Innovation is getting us closer everyday. We’re hearing of the potential for new solutions, such as processes to turn carbon dioxide into methane, or algae based carbon capture, or efficient fusion generators. I am very optimistic about our future. I believe human ingenuity will provide a solution.
The federal government, under my leadership, will create the kind of economic environment that incentivize more innovative solutions to climate change.
At the same time, any carbon restriction or taxation adopted by our federal government has to be in partnership with the US. Canada accounts for 1.6% of global emissions. Going it alone with a carbon tax, without a similar policy in the US will only make our economy less competitive as producers pack up and move south of the border, taking thousands of jobs with them.
As Prime Minister, I will advocate for a harmonized, North American solution to protecting our environment.