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Nova Scotia Premier calls for meeting on carbon price

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Nova Scotias Progressive Conservative Premier Tim Houston has joined leaders calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on carbon pricing

Leaders who have been calling for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on carbon pricing have been joined by Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative Premier Tim Houston.

He shared a letter to Trudeau on social media on April 5. In the letter, he called on the Prime Minister to call a meeting of First Ministers to repeal the carbon tax in an effort to make life easier for all Canadians.

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Last month, he submitted a proposal to Trudeau titled ‘Still Better Than a Carbon Tax Plan’ as an alternative to the federal carbon pricing scheme. In it, he outlines his government’s previous proposals on coastal protection, climate change, clean power and green hydrogen.

Trudeau told reporters earlier this week that he had not seen the details of Houston’s plans. However, he has kept the door open for discussion in this regard.

Seven prime ministers have now called on Trudeau to call a meeting of First Ministers on carbon pricing. Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Leader Andrew Farre and Ontario Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford are among them.

The federal carbon price includes a marginal rebate system, under which a Nova Scotia family of four would receive $988 a year. Households in rural areas of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario will receive $1,400 and $1,300, respectively. The next installment of the rebate is expected to be disbursed on April 15.

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