(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
The Trudeau Liberals are moving forward with their national carbon tax scheme, or, what Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall calls “one of the largest tax increases in Canadian history. In typical governing fashion, the Liberals are trying to downplay the devastating economic consequences of the tax. They’re trying to disguise the very fact that this is a tax hike.
It’s not a carbon tax, it’s a “behaviour-changing measure,” said one government official.
Politicians have mastered the art of prying money out of our pockets without admitting to new taxes. They prefer Orwellian expressions like ‘closing tax loopholes,’ ‘raising premiums,’ or ‘implementing new revenue streams.’
It’s all just clever spin to hide massive tax increases to fund big government.
The Simpsons even poked fun at politicians for doing this. Future President Lisa Simpson once created the "temporary refund adjustment program” as a clever way to hide a massive tax hike.
When Lisa tried this on a cartoon, we all chuckled. But it’s a lot less funny to watch Trudeau do it in real life.
His plan will force the provinces to tax each tonne of carbon emitted, as well as to hike taxes on gasoline by at least 11 cents per litre. Keep in mind that taxes on gasoline already make up 36% of the existing price at the pump.
That isn’t enough for our tax-hungry government, so they want to impose a 25% tax hike on fuel.
The whole scheme is designed to subsidize so-called clean energy.
But compared to the world’s largest sources of carbon emissions, places that coincidentally have the lowest environmental standards – China, Russia, India – Canada’s entire economy would be considered “clean energy.”
Next to the world’s biggest emitters, we’re an environmental marvel.
Despite being an advanced and developed country, and having some of the world’s largest proven oil reserves, Canada only makes up 1.6% of global emissions.
Any reductions in Canadian emissions caused by the Trudeau tax grab will immediately be erased by China’s booming coal industry and its refusal to impose the kind of job-killing carbon tax schemes being sold by the Trudeau Liberals.
There will be no positive impact on the environment, but the effect on our pocketbook will be concrete and measurable.
Figures vary by household and province, but by 2022, it’s estimated the average Canadian family will face a carbon tax bill of about $2,500 per year.
There’s a reason a carbon tax is called ‘a tax on everything.’
New gas taxes will make your commute and everyday activities more expensive. It will also increase the price on shipped goods, leading to higher prices on everything from groceries to clothing to electronics.
Carbon taxes are also applied on electricity generated from coal, oil and natural gas. Office buildings, factories, hospitals, school and ice rinks will all feel the tax hike.
Premier Wall responded once again by saying the Trudeau tax scheme was “more like a ransom note” and adding that Saskatchewan would be taking the Feds to court over this edict.
Canadians from coast to coast should be cheering on Wall and encouraging their Premiers to do the same.
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