The mayor of Vancouver proposes a climate tax

Vancouver’s mayor wants a new tax to combat climate change in the city’s 2022 budget.

If passed by city council, Kennedy Stewart says the money raised from the tax will be used to cover infrastructure upgrades needed due to climate change.

He estimates the tax could raise more than $ 100 million over the next decade.

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Stewart says the new fund will allow Vancouver to achieve the goals of its plan faster.

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The council will hear the proposal at its meeting next week and is scheduled to take a decision on the budget on 7 December.

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Stewart said this year has shown the effects of climate change.

“By 2021, we are in a constant state of climate emergency with forest fires and heat domes out of control in the summer, and now devastating rain and floods in the winter,” he said in a press release.

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