Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave an interview with CTV Atlantic’s Todd Battis on Monday. The one-on-one talks covered a wide range of topics, including carbon pricing, the future of the RCMP, and the relationship between the Federal Government and the Prime Ministers of the Atlantic nations.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s federal government has faced backlash in recent weeks over a federal carbon pricing program that took effect across Atlantic Canada on July 1.
The action came after states failed to implement their own alternative carbon pricing programs, causing gasoline prices to rise. Some Atlantic Canadians are wondering whether the additional costs associated with clean fuel regulations will be covered by climate incentives.
Atlantic prime ministers have spent recent weeks campaigning against carbon taxes.
In Nova Scotia, where Prime Minister Tim Houston called on Trudeau to discuss carbon pricing with prime ministers, the state’s Department of Environment and Climate Change spent $56,000 from taxpayer taxpayers’ tax dollars for two weeks to oppose the carbon tax. Developed an advertising campaign.
But Prime Minister Trudeau said the federal government would fight climate change with quarterly climate incentive checks, which began hitting the bank accounts of Nova Scotians and Prince Edward Islanders, while putting money back into the pockets of Canadians in the process. He said it can be guaranteed.
“While there have been many partisan attacks on the subject, one thing that Prime Minister Houston, Pierre Poivre and others have said is that in real dollars that will be deposited in their bank accounts this week, these checks will be paid to Canadian citizens. ,” Prime Minister Trudeau told Battis.
He noted that Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has offered to meet with Atlantic Prime Ministers following commitments at the G20 meeting in India.
“I am happy to talk to anyone who wants to talk about carbon pricing,” Trudeau said.
The prime minister noted that the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) said the carbon pricing system would “make eight out of ten Canadians better off”, but the PBO said Nova Scotia residents averaged They claim they will pay more than they get in return.
That’s why Trudeau says rural recipients receive a 10% top-up on their climate incentive checks.
While the incentives may not benefit everyone, Prime Minister Trudeau said the country is grappling with more frequent extreme weather events and that the additions are related to helping those affected by climate change. We believe that this subsidy is necessary because the cost is also necessary.
“Extreme weather is real. The fight against climate change is real,” Trudeau told Battis. “We have to do it in a way that supports our families and prepares us for a competitive and growing economy.”
Asked what would be the incentives for maritime businesses to move away from fossil fuels if they could get their money back in the form of kickbacks, Prime Minister Trudeau replied that the cost of pollution is companies, factories and failure to renew fuels. He countered that it would affect generators such as companies that have Efficient. Prime Minister Trudeau argued that the real incentives would come through energy efficiency programs such as the $10,000 grant Nova Scotia residents could apply for to replace oil-fired furnaces with heat pumps.
“It will be an incentive to help people as we work harder to reduce emissions, stay competitive, and support families while creating great jobs as the world moves in this direction,” Trudeau said. said.
Isthmus of Cygnecto
The prime ministers of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have threatened to take the federal government to court if it does not agree to pay the full cost of protecting Chignecto. It refuses to enter into cost-sharing agreements while maintaining its position that it is the responsibility of the federal government.
The two prime ministers are scheduled to meet with Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs Dominique Leblanc this week to discuss future funding for the Isthmus.
Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledged the federal government’s responsibility to protect the isthmus, but insisted it was a shared responsibility with states and private stakeholders.
The federal government has offered to pay half of the project, totaling $200 million.
“States can share the rest of the $200 million,” he told Battis, adding that he must submit a request for federal funding by Wednesday.
“It would be a shame for the future of the people of Nova Scotia if states, including Nova Scotia, which now has the budget to spare, cannot protect their livelihoods while the federal government is committing $200 million to do so. “
But Houston doesn’t feel Nova Scotians need to give up money to prepare for the health and housing crisis.
“The Prime Minister can decide how he wants to spend Nova Scotia’s tax dollars,” Trudeau said. “However, the federal government intends to cooperate with us by providing $200 million to protect critical infrastructure, and we sincerely hope that you will submit your application within the next few days.”
“For the good of our people, we always work together on great things,” Trudeau said, referring to his relationship with other Atlantic prime ministers.
He cited recent health care agreements and a 50% cut in childcare fees as examples of how provincial and federal governments are working together effectively to improve the lives of Canadians.
“For example, we disagree on the need to fight climate change and put more money back into people’s pockets.”
Prime Minister Trudeau, when asked about the possibility of the RCMP becoming a federal investigative agency like the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, pointed out the investigative report that investigated the Nova Scotia shooting in 2020, etc., and that a new police model was established in Canada. concluded that it was necessary. for the possibility of moving forward.
“One of the extraordinary things that the Mass Casualty Commission has done is that it has done very careful consideration of the scope of responsibility and who is responsible and responsible for the various local and national police forces and everything else,” Trudeau said. I think so,” he said. . “I think a mature country needs this kind of dialogue, and I think it is happening.”
The Prime Minister said the investigation was not exceptional, pointing to several reports in recent years that concluded that the RCMP “needs to be better responsive, particularly with respect to community needs”.