Target: Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau
Goal: Act to eliminate $1.6 billion in federal fossil fuel subsidies.
The Canadian government hands $3.3 billion in direct and indirect subsidies to fossil fuel firms each year, according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Approximately $1.6 billion of this money is provided by the federal government in the form of reductions in royalties and funds for development and exploration. While Prime Minister Trudeau pledged to eliminate these subsidies during his election campaign, his majority government has yet to produce concrete proposals to eliminate these subsidies. Together these subsidies amount to a credit of $19 for each tonne of carbon emitted.
These subsidies undermine attempts by the federal and provincial governments to put a price on carbon. British Columbia has introduced a carbon tax at $30 per tonne and Alberta is set to introduce a tax at the same level. Ontario and Quebec are poised to introduce cap-and-trade systems, while the federal government is set to introduce a carbon price floor of $10. By eliminating these subsidies, the federal government could effectively achieve the same result as the proposed price floor while increasing the effectiveness of other carbon pricing schemes.
Sign our petition and demand that Prime Minister Trudeau act to eliminate these fossil fuel subsidies and help protect our environment.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
During your election campaign, you pledged to eliminate federal fossil fuel subsidies and make Canada a leader in the global fight against climate change. As you must know, between federal and provincial governments Canada spends $3.3 billion on direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies, which amounts to $19 per tonne. Of that, $1.6 billion comes from the federal government in the forms of reduced royalties, and subsidies for fossil fuel developments and exploration. Given the scientific consensus that over 85 percent of proven resources must remain in the ground, further fossil fuel developments are incompatible with any attempt to mitigate climate change and fulfill Canada’s commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Secondly, as provincial government’s attempt to put a price on carbon, these subsidies undermine the effectiveness of their efforts. Indeed these subsidies effectively make the proposed federal price floor on carbon no more than a decrease in fossil fuel subsidies. If eliminated, these subsidies would save taxpayer money that could be used to encourage the growth of renewable energy infrastructure developments across the country or fund a number of other projects and services. I urge you to act to end all federal fossil fuel subsidies as quickly as possible.
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