FUREY: Despite activists’ push to tax meat, Libs rule it out for Canada
There’s much talk of taxing meat right now as climate activists and policymakers meet in Glasgow for COP26. But the Liberal government says there’s no plan to hit Canadians with any such tax.
“This is not something we are considering in Canada,” says Joanna Sivasankaran, spokesperson for newly-minted Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault, in response to an emailed question from the Toronto Sun.
This should be welcomed news for Canadians who have heard rumblings about such a tax and feared it was coming next to Canada.
While there has been no formal call for such a tax at the COP26 podium from any government in attendance, the idea has been very much present on the sidelines.
While transport is credited with causing about 30% of all global CO2 emissions, the livestock sector has been pegged as being responsible for some 10%-15% of all global emissions.
With this statistic in mind, some activists lament that the climate conversation hasn’t included more discussion of the role agriculture plays in emissions. A meat tax has long been discussed in the feeder system of ideas when it comes to potential climate policies.
It’s not only secondary players talking about this possibility, though. One prominent G7 minister was just caught musing about it.
George Eustice, the U.K.’s secretary of state for environment, food, and rural affairs, told U.K. media the other week — during the lead up to COP26 — that meat taxes are indeed under consideration. While other U.K. ministers pushed back at their colleague’s comment, this could prove to be one of those measures that we’ll soon be told is an idea whose time has come — an idea that is unequivocally ruled out one day and then enacted the next.