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Most Canadians support carbon pricing, but less certain as to its effectiveness

The Angus Reid poll found that three-quarters of those surveyed supported a cap-and-trade system in their own province and across the country as a whole.
The Angus Reid poll found that three-quarters of those surveyed supported a cap-and-trade system in their own province and across the country as a whole. Getty Images

TORONTO – According to an Angus Reid poll, most Canadians are in favour of carbon pricing — though most aren’t convinced it’ll do much to curb greenhouse gases.

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Though many provinces have implemented their own methods of carbon plans — with the most recent coming from Ontario — there has been little federal initiative, something that many say needs to be rectified.

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The Angus Reid poll found that three-quarters of those surveyed supported a cap-and-trade system in their own province and across the country as a whole. More than half also supported a carbon tax both in their province and nationally.

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However, when it comes to believing that it will have an impact, just 12 per cent of those surveyed said that cap-and-trade was “very effective.” One-third said that it was “quite effective” and another third said it would be “not very effective.” Almost one in five said that it was “not effective at all.”

Earlier this week, the Harper government announced plans to unveil its targets for greenhouse gas emissions before the June G7 meeting.

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The online poll — conducted on April 15 — surveyed 1,536 Canadians. You can read the complete findings here.