ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier says he supports his Environment minister’s decision to walk out of a federal-provincial meeting over Ottawa’s carbon price plan.
Dwight Ball says he told Minister Perry Trimper to use his own judgment about whether to stay in the Oct. 3 meeting, and he doesn’t believe his province’s exit will affect efforts to work with Ottawa on other files.
Ball says his province needs time to assess what a carbon price would mean as offshore oil and mining sectors struggle with the commodities downturn.
The premier says his province is already collecting the equivalent of about $70 a tonne through the doubling of its gas tax last summer to 32 cents a litre. It was supposed to be a temporary measure and Ball says it’s under review.
Ministers from Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan also walked out of Monday’s climate-change talks in Montreal.
The federal plan calls for a $10-per-tonne price on carbon starting in 2018. That would rise by $10 per tonne each year until reaching $50 per tonne in 2022.