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Ontario to release climate change ‘master plan’ this week

Environment Minister Glen Murray would not commit to making a carbon pricing plan revenue neutral for the government.
Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation takes questions during a media scrum on Dec. 12, 2013. Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

TORONTO – Ontario’s environment minister says the province’s “master plan” to fight climate change will be released this week.

Glen Murray says the “conceptual” climate change strategy will be the long view of how Ontario plans to meet its target of cutting emissions 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

He says it will include “broad descriptions” of how Ontario will achieve that, and lay out some of the challenges and some of the solutions.

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Early in the new year Murray says Ontario will release its five-year climate change action plan, which will detail how the province plans to achieve a 15-per-cent emissions reduction from 1990 levels by 2020.

He says consultations on Ontario’s cap-and-trade regulations and rules are will wrap up in the spring and the first auction is expected to be in the first quarter of 2017.

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The release of the overall strategy will come soon after today’s meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country’s premiers on climate change, which follows the unveiling Sunday of Alberta’s plan to impose a carbon tax, phase out coal-fired power plants and cap emissions from the oil sands.