Editorial: Premier should scrap the B.C. Carbon Tax

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.

The Province

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2 responses to “Editorial: Premier should scrap the B.C. Carbon Tax

  1. Pro Green Anti Stupid

    The carbon tax is not revenue neutral .In fact if it worked to reduce GHG then the other taxes on fuel would drop and they are up to 5 times that of the carbon tax. That lost revenue will be recovered in higher taxes.

    The carbon tax is a job killer by encouraging export of our resources instead of creating value added jobs in BC.

    The tax encourages transborder shopping and makes BC less competitive in tourism and manufacturing.

    BC exports coal ,natural gas carbon tax free . Why is the BC government supporting a policy that harmes BC and helps its trading partners ???

    BC carbon tax policy is based on the socialist view that the government thinks it knows how to spend your money better than you do.

    Emissions from natural gas were falling a decade before the carbon tax because people and businesses made conservation choices without need of a .carbon tax .

    Does anyone think all that carbon tax free coal being exported is not causing worse emmisions some where else?

    If a foreign goverment put at a carbon tax on our exports of energy we would win in that trade dispute yet the BC government has seen fit to screw its own citizens by imposing a tax no one would otherwise get away with.

    Drop the tax BC government .

  2. and lets not forget it’s not just the gas in your car! there is a carbon tax to heat your house , use your gas Bbq ect. it’s bigger than you think!

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