Premier Wynne Applauds Progress on Alberta Climate Change Plan
Ontario and Alberta Will Work Together to Fight Climate Change, Premier Says
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne expressed support today for Alberta's latest initiative to fight climate change, adding that the two provinces will continue to work together to protect the environment, create long-term, sustainable growth and strengthen Canada's economic union.
Speaking at a Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Premier Wynne said she was pleased to see Alberta take the next step to implement its climate action plan by introducing legislation earlier this week that would, if passed, put a price on carbon.
Premier Wynne emphasized that any meaningful plan to fight climate change needs to include a price on carbon, as Ontario's and Alberta's plans both do. The Premier added that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to climate change. For Ontario's diverse, knowledge-based economy, the most effective form of carbon pricing is a cap and trade program that will reinvest the proceeds to help households and businesses become more energy efficient. Cap and trade is being introduced in Ontario because it will also help spur on businesses and entrepreneurs as they develop the low-carbon technologies of the future.
The Premier said Ontario will continue to work with and support Alberta as it implements its plan, adding that working together will help each province create jobs and growth and reach its emission reduction targets while helping Canada achieve its international commitments.
- On May 26, 2016 in Edmonton, Premier Wynne and Premier Notley announced a Memorandum of Understanding to support the development of new technology that will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector.
- Ontario has announced a hard cap on emissions in the form of a cap and trade program. The province is also working to help build the largest carbon market in North America and has shut down and permanently outlawed coal-fired electricity generation.
- Ontario and Alberta represent 50 per cent of Canada’s population and contribute more than half of the country’s GDP.
- Ontario’s climate actions and innovation ecosystem have helped build a cleantech sector that is Canada’s largest and fastest growing.
- In 2015, global investment in renewable energy was double the amount invested in the oil and gas sector, and half of the revenue generated from Canada’s cleantech businesses was from exports.
- The Premier strengthened economic and political ties with Alberta by leading a roundtable with business representatives. She also met with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.
“Ontario has a shared interest in the progress other provinces make to reduce emissions and grow their economies. We will continue to work with and support Alberta as it implements its climate plan. It’s very important to me that we forge an even stronger partnership between our provinces — for the sake of our individual success, but also for our shared interests and those of the country as a whole. Doing so requires us all to appreciate that climate action that works for individual provinces and for Canada as a whole needs to take into account regional economic realities, and the major elements of Premier Rachel Notley’s plan do exactly that. Through its commitments to cap oil sands emissions, phase out coal, implement a price on carbon and draw more energy from renewables, Alberta has paved the way for further progress on the Canadian Energy Strategy.”