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Fact-checking carbon taxes: do they work?
Okanagan College Media Release

Are carbon taxes a tax grab, or effective public policy?

Kathryn Harrison Sept 2019Dr. Kathryn Harrison, a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia (UBC), will peel back the layers of this political issue as part of the Okanagan College Vernon campus’ Signature Speaker Series.

“Fact Check on Carbon Taxes: Do they work? Are they fair? Will they destroy the Canadian federation” will take place on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the lecture theatre of the Vernon campus.

“The federal Liberal government has imposed a carbon tax in four, soon to be five, provinces. The Conservatives have vowed to repeal the federal carbon tax if elected,” says Harrison. “The parties offer competing rhetoric on carbon pricing, such as whether carbon taxes work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, whether they’re fair or not, and whether they’re just a ‘tax grab’ from working Canadians that lets big industry off the hook.”

Harrison studies environmental, climate, and energy policy, federalism, and comparative public policy. She is the author of the book
Passing the Buck: Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy and co-editor of Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change.

She has master’s degrees in chemical engineering and political science from MIT, and a PhD in political science from UBC. Before her academic career, Harrison worked as an engineer in the oil industry, a public servant for the Canada government and U.S. Congress, and a journalist.

Presented by Okanagan College, the Signature Speaker Series is sponsored by the Prestige Vernon Lodge and Uprooted Kitchen and Catering Co. Admission is $10, or free for Okanagan College students. Participants can register in advance online –www.okanagan.bc.ca/SignatureSpeakers
– or pay at the door.

 

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