The NDP and Liberals are in agreement on the issue of carbon pricing, according to a new poll.
While a plurality of voters would prefer the Liberals to take the lead on the policy, a majority of voters in the NDP and the Liberals also want the NDP to make the shift to a carbon price, according a Forum Research poll conducted in February.
Only 34 per cent of NDP voters would support a carbon pricing system that did not include a tax, while 44 per cent would support such a system.
The poll also found that the two parties have somewhat different views on how to proceed with the issue.
The NDP believes the Liberals should wait until the emissions-reduction plan is fully developed before proposing a carbon-pricing system, while the Liberals believe it should be implemented in 2017.
The Liberal Party is opposed to carbon pricing but supports a carbon dividend, said Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff, while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said that it is too soon to tell whether the party will adopt a national carbon tax, as the NDP has done.
“I think it is premature to speak on that,” Scheer told reporters in Ottawa.
“We will just see what happens as it develops.”
The poll found that a majority in both parties are comfortable with the current federal carbon tax system, but the Liberals are more open to introducing a carbon taxation system in the future.
Among those surveyed, 40 per cent said they would support taxing carbon emissions from power plants, while 47 per cent are opposed.
The Liberals also are more likely than the NDP or the Conservatives to support a national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with 51 per cent in favour and 44 per to oppose.
The Liberals are also much more likely (58 per cent) than the Conservatives (33 per cent), NDP (20 per cent)) or Liberals (12 per cent, to believe that the provinces and territories should be allowed to set their own carbon taxes.
The survey was conducted by Forum Research among 1,010 Canadians from January 20 to January 24.