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Chris Ragan on Carbon Tax

The Federal Government of Canada has increased the federal carbon tax from $65 a tonne to $80 as of April 1, 2024. Christopher Ragan joins several news outlets below sharing his expertise.

Opinion: Carbon pricing has become our national dumpster fire | The Globe and Mail

Published: 3 Apr 2024

Economist weighs in on premiers' calls to pause carbon tax hike | CBC News

March 14, 2024 | A growing number of premiers are urging the federal government to pause the carbon tax hike that's set to take place on April 1, or to ditch it altogether. Chris Ragan, the director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, joined Power & Politics to discuss the impact this could have on Canada's climate plan.

Published: 19 Mar 2024

Is a price on carbon the right tool to address climate change? | iHeartRadio

March 13, 2024 | Is carbon pricing the most effective tool to address climate change issues? The news recording talked about the opposition to the climate tax rebate in recent years and the government's efforts to rebrand the tax and communicate its effectiveness to the public.

Published: 14 Mar 2024

Liberals table bill to ban replacement workers in federally regulated workplaces | CBC News

November 9, 2023 | The federal government has announced carbon-tax exemptions for household heating and Chris Ragan joined Power & Politics to talk about these exemptions. Chris Ragan has stated that carbon-tax exemptions might not be the way to energy affordability, usually because exemptions are often extended and there is no end to these exemptions due to political pressures. 

Published: 14 Nov 2023

Chris Ragan on carbon pricing policy changes | IHeart Radio

Chris Ragan joins Vassy Kapelos to weigh in on the Trudeau government's recent carbon tax carve-outs and shares on the current situation. 

" It will lead to further exemptions... that is probably inevitable." says Chris Ragan. 

Published: 2 Nov 2023

Carbon-Pricing Exemptions Are the Wrong Way to Keep Energy Affordable | National Newswatch

October 17, 2023 | The federal government is under pressure to carve out exemptions to its carbon pricing system, particularly for rural home-heating fuel in Atlantic Canada. Keeping essentials like energy affordable is a serious concern, but carbon-pricing exemptions are the wrong solution.  

Published: 17 Oct 2023

With inflation cooling, politicians turn up the heat to address Canada’s affordability crisis | The Globe and Mail

September 16, 2023 | On September 6 the Bank of Canada decided to hold interest rates steady after two years of high inflation and 18 months of rising interest rates. The premiers of Ontario, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador each wrote to the Bank of Canada urging it not to raise interest rates, following the critics from Justin Trudeau's caucus stating that the government has lost focus on affordability issues, especially regarding housing.

Published: 26 Sep 2023

Economics lessons will pay life-long dividends to understand how any marketplace works | The Globe and Mail

September 14, 2023 | In an opinion piece by David Parkinson he talks about the influx of students that are going to have their first serious exposure to economics in a university setting. He has interviewed Chris Ragan to discuss the value of learning more about economics. A key point from the conversation was that there is a fundamental misunderstanding surrounding economics where it's perceived to be all about money.

Published: 19 Sep 2023

Amidst a swirling tide of new ideas, Canada's economic institutions remain bastions of orthodoxy | the Hub

May 23, 2023 | New and often radical ideas have emerged about how much governments can spend and how trade should be conducted following COVID-19 and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Chris Ragan says most people at the Bank hold conventional views on how trade should be conducted, despite public discourse about concepts like Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).

Published: 23 May 2023

Budget watchdog troubled by spin around latest report on carbon pricing | CTV News

April 8, 2023 | Yves Giroux opened a political firestorm last week with a new report that concluded carbon price rebates are worth more than the direct cost of the carbon price for 80 per cent of families. The Conservatives, who have campaigned heavily on removing carbon pricing, claimed that the Liberals lied about the "sneaky carbon tax" when they said the rebate were more than the cost. 

Published: 11 Apr 2023

Long-Range Challenges in Canada's Economy | The News Forum

February 13, 2023 | Director Christopher Ragan spoke to Tony Clement on his show Boom and Bust to highlight the challenges Canada is facing as the budget season is approaching. He touched upon the aging population and how the increasing rates of retirement presents some fiscal challenges including an increase for the budget for healthcare.

Published: 14 Feb 2023

63% low income Canadians worried about impact of inflation on food, housing | Global News

February 9, 2022 | A recent report by Statistics Canada has found that more than 63% of Canadians belonging to a low-income household are worried about the impacts of inflation on food, housing and other expenses. Director Chris Ragan mentioned that the increase in prices hurt low-income households more. However according to Ragan, this is not solely due to inflation.

Published: 14 Feb 2023

Chris Ragan: Canada must upgrade its electricity grid | The Globe and Mail

January 27, 2023 | Director Chris Ragan  wrote that Canada must embark on a historic build-out of its power systems to ensure continued prosperity as the demand for clean energy accelerates in Canada. In his opinion piece he answered the question: Can we overcome our unique challenges to upgrade its electricity grid to match the surging demand? 

Published: 31 Jan 2023

Focus shifts to labour market in inflation fight | Investment Executive

January 10, 2023 | Professor Christopher Ragan, Director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy spoke at the Global Risk Institute webinar and said it's "very unlikely" that the Bank of Canada has gone too far already and overtightened. He pointed to inflation expectations from businesses for the next two years remaining above the central bank's target range.

Published: 12 Jan 2023

It’s strange, we have long-term focus in some policy areas but not others | Financial Post

January 4 2023 | Professor Christopher Ragan, Director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy shares his thoughts on the state the of the Canadian economy and the health care crisis as it stands at the end of 2022.

Published: 4 Jan 2023

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