Fed's price on carbon at $10 in 2018, $50 by 2022

Wall says in a statement to media that the national focus on carbon pricing holds the lowest potential for reducing emissions, while potentially doing the greatest harm to the Canadian economy.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has consistently maintained that his province can not now afford a carbon tax, a point reiterated today by his environment minister Scott Moe.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, an outspoken critic of Liberal climate-change policy, lashed out Monday at Justin Trudeau for "unilaterally" imposing a carbon price on provinces and territories.

Provided B.C. plans to do the bare minimum required, it could wait until 2021 before it resumes raising the carbon tax by $10 per tonne per year.

"As I have said many times before, we are having the wrong conversation in Canada", Wall said in his statement.

A minimum federal price of C$10 ($8) per metric ton will be set in 2018, rising by C$10 each year to C$50 per ton in 2022 when it will be reviewed, Trudeau announced Monday in a speech to Parliament. "The global economy is increasingly clean and Canada can not allow itself to fall behind".

David Heurtel, the Quebec environment and climate minister who will chair today's meeting, told The Canadian Press that every province has to pull its own weight-and develop its own policies. Not every Canadian province taxes Carbon dioxide emissions. "It is real and it is everywhere".

Provinces and territories will use the revenues from this system as they see fit, whether it is to give it back to consumers, to support their workers and their families, to help vulnerable groups and communities in the North, or to support businesses that innovate and create good jobs for the future. We produce less than two percent of global GHG emissions. And federal officials behind the scenes continue to talk a tough game, saying a pan-Canadian plan will be in place by year's end and it will include pricing emissions.

The poll, conducted September 24-27, is considered accurate within plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

All provinces in Canada will be required to introduce carbon pricing by 2018, but the starting point - $10 per tonne - will mean citizens in provinces that don't yet have carbon pricing will still be paying only one-third what British Columbians pay now.

Canada's environment ministers will be meeting in Montreal today to try to hammer out a pan-Canadian climate plan. Those that do neither will have a price imposed by Ottawa.

He also said the provinces and territories will to choose between putting a direct price on carbon pollution or adopt a cap-and-trade system.

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