Debating carbon pricing at U of R’s deliberation and debate lecture

By Costa Maragos Posted: January 30, 2017 6:00 a.m.

The lecture features from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (l-r) Jeremy Rayner director; Margot Hurlbert, associate professor and Dale Eisler, senior policy fellow.
The lecture features from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (l-r) Jeremy Rayner director; Margot Hurlbert, associate professor and Dale Eisler, senior policy fellow. Photo courtesy of JSGS.

The politically-charged issue of carbon pricing will be discussed at the next installment of the Deliberation and Debate lecture series, February 1 at 7 p.m. at the U of R’s Language Institute.

The lecture is presented by the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

Carbon pricing is controversial in Saskatchewan. It’s the only jurisdiction in Canada that is not working to implement a carbon pricing system. Saskatchewan has also refused to sign onto the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change.

Chris Ragan
The keynote address will be given by Chris Ragan, chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Ragan will make the case for carbon pricing. Photo courtesy of Ecofiscal.

The keynote address will be given by Chris Ragan, chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and associate professor of economics at McGill University. Ecofiscal is an independent, non-partisan research body. Ragan will make the case for carbon pricing.

“I’m hoping to explain the research that has been done by the Ecofiscal Commission which shows that carbon pricing is the most cost-effective way to lower greenhouse gas emissions,” says Ragan.

“The world is transforming to a low-carbon economy, slowly but surely, and there are real advantages to getting on this path now, since delay is very costly. We hope this discussion will spark a broader debate in Saskatchewan about what comprehensive climate policy can look like, and why putting a price on carbon can and should play a central role in that policy," he says.

Ragan says he’s looking forward to hearing a variety of views on this issue.

Ragan’s keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jeremy Rayner, director at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), Margot Hurlbert, associate professor (JSGS) and Dale Eisler, senior policy fellow (JSGS).They will look at what plan or plans might work best in Saskatchewan.
 
People attending are encouraged to be a part of the discussion and ask questions.

Event:  Carbon Pricing in Saskatchewan?
Date:   Wednesday, February 1
Time:   7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Venue: Room 215 – Language Institute Building – U of R
There is no charge to attend but seating is limited. Please visit here to register online.