Ottawa’s newly-announced carbon tax isn’t going to be substantive enough to cause Canadians to change their behaviour, Macdonald-Laurier Institute Munk Senior Fellow Philip Cross told CBC’s Power and Politics.

The federal government announced this week plans to introduce a tax on carbon for any provinces that don’t create their own.

But Cross says the price Ottawa is aiming for – a peak of $50 a tonne by 2022 – won’t change how much people consume.

“We’re going to need something more dramatic than this to move the needle significantly on greenhouse gas emissions”, Cross says.

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