Premier Christy Clark and her gang should read the public responses to a small story theprovince.com ran on B.C.’s Carbon Tax.
With one exception, the public — voters, for the most part — agreed with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation that the tax should be eliminated because it is doing nothing to help the environment and is simply ripping off taxpayers.
According to the federation, Victoria took in $1.2 billion last year from the supposedly “revenue-neutral” tax while only cutting income tax by $228 million. As others have stated, the tax is regressive: regular people who must use their vehicles due to their jobs or lack of alternatives must pay and can’t, as companies do, write off the tax as a cost of business.
And the tax isn’t reducing fuel usage, despite what you’ll hear from environmental organizations who don’t apparently care about saddling taxpayers with more costs.
B.C. gas consumption rose to 4.74 billion litres last year from 4.61 billion in 2008, when the tax began, despite a recession. Diesel sales rose to 2.22 billion litres from 1.71 billion.
If Clark cares about getting re-elected, she should scrap the ineffective and much reviled Carbon Tax, which has helped to make Metro Vancouver gasoline the highest-taxed fuel in North America. While she’s at it, she should bag that useless and tax-sucking Pacific Carbon Trust, too.