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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Hon. Percy E. Downe: 

Honourable senators, Senator Housakos can be pleased as a senator from Montreal that the Prime Minister kept his commitment. There are no tolls on the Champlain Bridge, so at least that’s something for the people of your area.

My question is on the climate change announcement. The Government of Canada announced yesterday they reached a two-year agreement with Prince Edward Island. I had inquiries about how it’s going to help carbon reduction when the government of P.E.I. has announced they will reduce the gas tax by 3 cents a litre, which will still require an increase of one cent a litre because the federal government wanted it up four cents a litre. It’s now reduced by three. How does that help carbon use in P.E.I.? That was the question I asked and, I really didn’t have an answer for it. If you don’t know, Senator Harder, could you find out?

Hon. Peter Harder (Government Representative in the Senate): I would be happy to make inquiries and report.