More transit funding and greener building standards, that’s what a group of Mayors in B.C. are calling for.
But raising the province’s carbon tax is high on the list.
Mayors representing small and large communities are calling on the government to raise the carbon tax in the province to 15 dollars a tonne annually.
It’s all part of a plan to better climate leadership in Canada.
Last December, the BC Mayors Climate Leadership Council endorsed a package of recommendations in response to the government’s phase 2 consultation towards a climate plan.
Now the council is submitting what it says are additional and critical action items to strengthen it.
Among them, more partnership between communities.
In 2013 B.C.’s carbon emissions reached 64 megatonnes.
The projected carbon emissions for 2020 is 72 megatonnes.
When Premier Christy Clark took over Gordon Campbell, she extended a freeze on the carbon tax until 2018, arguing that would allow rival jurisdictions to catch up.