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Ottawa to make more moves to meet climate change agreement

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The environment minister says more regulations will soon be announced

Last week, Ottawa announced a "floor price" on carbon pollution

OTTAWA, ON. (NEWS 1130) – It looks like the controversial carbon pricing plan was just the first piece of the puzzle when it comes to the Trudeau government’s strategy to meet Canada’s targets from the Paris climate agreement.

“We agree that carbon pricing isn’t going to be the whole solution,” says Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna who acknowledges the experts who say the floor price for a carbon tax falls well short of what is needed to hit our targets.

She says more environmental rules are on the way, and while she can’t discuss specifics, there are a few industries that will be impacted. “In the building sector, so in our houses, in our buildings — they can be much more energy-efficient which will also save money. We know we need to tackle the transport sector.”

Working groups with the provinces are still working out all the details and McKenna says the prime minister should be announcing the strategy with the premiers sometime later this fall.

Last week, the federal government announced it was establishing a “floor price” on carbon pollution of $10 a tonne in 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022.