Quebec's "cap-and-trade" carbon tax regime has been in place since 2013. At the time, Quebec was led by a separatist premier, Pauline Marois, of the Parti Québécois.
In 2014, Quebec entered into an agreement with California to create a so-called "market" whereby companies in either jurisdiction could "purchase allowances" from other one another to emit carbon dioxide.
Marois' separatist government was defeated in the Quebec election held on April 7, 2014 by the Quebec Liberal Party led by Philippe Couillard.
Instead of second guessing the regime brought in by the separatist government of Marois, premier Couillard has continued with the "cap-and-trade" carbon tax regime and defended it.
Since Ontario premier Doug Ford announced the end of Ontario's "Cap-and-trade" carbon tax, Quebec and California announced they had closed Ontario from their so-called "market." Click here.
Some commentators, pundits and media have tried to suggest that "cap-and-trade" is not a carbon tax. As we previously showed in this Axe the Carbon Tax video, at the time Wynne signed Ontario on to the regime she too even admitted it was a "tax." And in a 2013 paper written by University of Toronto Ph.D. candidate David Houle under the supervision of Professor Douglas Macdonald of their School of Environment, he lists "cap-and-trade" as a form of "carbon taxation." See below.
Couillard has been delusional in his defence of "cap-and-trade," quoted as saying that Quebec is a "a living demonstration, and California is as well by the way, that you can put a price on carbon, including cap and trade...and it will not hurt your economy."
As we all know, Quebec is a "have-not" province that relies on equalization payments from Canada's federal government. By 2015, just a year into the system, California and Quebec estimated that the price of gas had increased between two and 3.5 cents a litre due to their "cap-and-trade" carbon tax system.
By 2020, the Quebec government predicts it will bring in more than $2.4 billion in revenue as a result of its "cap-and-trade" carbon tax regime.
All great for Quebec government coffers but bad for Quebec taxpayers.
The good news for Quebecers is that premier Couillard's Liberal Party is trailing in the polls headed into the 2018 Quebec election. The bad news is that they are trailing to The Coalition Avenir Quebec party - the centre-right alternative to the governing Liberals that also supports keeping Quebec's "cap-and-trade" carbon tax regime in place.
To urge the Coalition Avenir Quebec party to Axe the Carbon Tax, you can contact them at the coordinates found at this link: https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/contact/