YELLOWKNIFE (October 6, 2016) – Premier Bob McLeod made the following statement on the Government of Canada’s announcement on carbon pricing:
“The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to working with our Federal, provincial and territorial partners to develop a pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change that was endorsed in the Vancouver Declaration earlier this year.
“We recognize carbon pricing is one tool in combating climate change. The Northwest Territories is warming at a rate four to five times faster than the rest of the world, which is causing thawing of permafrost, shorter winters, longer and drier summers, shrinking sea ice, coastal erosion. This impacts the traditional way of life that has existed in the Arctic for millennia.
“Northerners are feeling the impacts of climate change on our environment, economy, infrastructure, communities and the health and well-being of our residents. We will work with the federal government to ensure they understand the NWT context as they move forward.”
“We recognize that carbon tax is an important tool in mitigating the effects of climate change, by encouraging reduced use of fuels that emit greenhouse gases. I’ve talked to Minister McKenna over the past few weeks and she has a good understanding of the challenges a carbon tax would bring to the NWT. This includes the almost exclusive dependence on diesel for heating and for electricity generation in remote communities, and the already high cost of living and doing business in the territory.
“Minister McKenna has agreed that a technical team will travel to the NWT in the next few weeks to learn more about the challenges and needs of the NWT with respect to climate change and the impact on the NWT. I appreciate Minister’s commitment to working with us and look forward to our ongoing discussions with her.
“The federal government recognizes the uniqueness of our Territory and the on-going work we are doing to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. We are prepared to work with our federal counterparts to create an NWT approach to contribute to achieving the objectives of a pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change.”
Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor
Department of the Executive
Government of the Northwest Territories
Box 1320 Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Tel: (867) 767-9140 ext. 11091
Cell: (867) 447-0443
Fax: (867) 873-0169