The Québec solidaire party is questioning the cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, three weeks before Premier François Legault is scheduled to travel to California to defend it.
On Sunday, QS co-spokesperson Manon Massé said party members still haven’t decided whether they are for or against the carbon credit system.
Currently, the carbon trading market is letting big polluters, like the McInnis cement plant in Gaspésie, “make money,” Massé said.
Until now, all of the parties in the National Assembly have favoured carbon credits as an effective way of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Legault will visit California from Dec. 8-11 to discuss the issue with Governor Gawin Newsom.
In 2013, Quebec set up a cap-and-trade system to encourage businesses and citizens to reduce their emissions.
The following year, the province linked its system to that of California, as part of the Western Climate Initiative.
Last month, the Trump administration sued California for entering the climate agreement with Quebec, saying it had no right to conduct foreign policy. California “veered outside its proper constitutional lane,” Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark said in a statement.
Premier Doug Ford removed Ontario from the plan the day after his election last year.