April 24, 2015

Harper: Carbon tax is about making government rich

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

Amid complaints from the left that his budget contained nothing to deal with climate change, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shot down the idea that his government is about to put a price on carbon emissions.

“Anybody who tells you that a carbon tax is an environmental policy is trying to pull the wool over your eyes,” Harper said in Winnipeg.

Ontario has just announced a cap and trade system to put a price on carbon emissions while British Columbia and Quebec have carbon taxes on gasoline and other fuels.

According to the Toronto Star, Harper doesn't view those schemes as anything but money grabs.

But Harper said such emissions-reduction plans are really only designed to enrich governments. “The reason governments do carbon taxes is not so they can reduce emissions but so they can get more tax revenue in the government’s pocket,” he told the media.

Harper said that Canada's plans and regulations to curb carbon emissions, while not exactly the same as the United States', will be similar.

The PM has long maintained that Canada cannot take action that is out of step with the country's largest trading partner without putting the economy at risk.

The Conservatives are expected to unveil their plans later this year.

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commented 2015-05-04 22:26:56 -0400
@joan :) you said “Harper is a master chess player. He has wisely provided media one short, concise sound bite that will hopefully be quoted by mainstream media. No extraneous context they can twist.” Excellent observation…

Truly Harper is a master chess player…and we should all be very grateful for his wonderful leadership…totally agree!

Also a good point about no extraneous context they can twist! Sad comment on their inability to report without twisting and spinning…until the truth is standing on its head.

But while I agree with your comment that his statement will “hopefully (be) quoted by mainstream media?”…(if we all know them, that is one thing they will not do – if they can help it)…so I hope Harper and other Conservative party members mention this often until the public gets the point…
commented 2015-04-30 16:30:33 -0400
How refreshing. Canada’s green house gas emissions are under 2% of all emissions in the world. We live in a huge country where winter weather can last five months of the year. Our emissions are tiny and the last thing Canadian’s need is a carbon tax. A tax on carbon will be a tax on everything. The Prime Minister is spot on. He is the only adult in the house, as far as leaders are concerned. A carbon tax is a means to enrich governments without doing anything for the environment.
commented 2015-04-28 00:33:20 -0400
First and foremost, what a refreshing attitude from a politician! Thank you Mr. HARPER, for standing up for principled thinking and not pandering for the votes of those who, in their little world, think that everybody should be equally poor!

I would ask the socialists so eager to sign up for wealth re-distribution, a simple question: until a brilliant mind finds a feasible replacement for the hydrocarbons we use today, how would you propose we continued the industrial and societal advancement of human kind?
commented 2015-04-25 14:23:12 -0400
Carbon tax is about making governments rich!! Wynne, Christie, Couillard so why are you robbing your people? The climate change fog is starting to clear from the brains of the masses, you won’t be able to get away with this for much longer. Paul C is right on, industrialised progress IS good for the planet and inhabitants, and is something which is proven. Really begs the question.
I agree Paul, it is a premeditated wicked plan and a treacherous sell-out, municipally,provincially,nationally, and globally.
commented 2015-04-25 11:47:59 -0400
Mr. Harper showing leadership and making an excellent statement. If you can tax carbon dioxide that humans exhale, as the New York Times said, “A tax on breathing”, you can micromanage and surveil every level of the economy, selectively shutting-off whoever you want. Shut-off the UK, US. Shut-off EU production. Bureaucrats and their wives literally own the factories, coal plants in China and India, and then they can move there. This is paying to dismantle Europe. Paying to dismantle the US. A premeditated wicked plan, a treacherous sell-out. Hopefully, we can attempt do better.

Incredibly, Obama and the Pope are promoting the climate agenda. The church shouldn’t be involved in any science of climate change. Ironically, the left are generally anti-religion and stridently anti-Catholic. The UN Treaty plan, 5 years ago in Copenhagen, actually would almost double the taxes on the third world and not be a big wealth transfer as billed by the socialists/communists. A giant swindle.

Carbon taxes in Australia is being dismantled. It did nothing for their emissions of CO2. It’s been proven, if we were to burn-off all the affordable recoverable fossil fuels in the world, global temperatures compared with now would rise by about 2.2 Celsius degrees, and that’s about it. So there is no climate problem. If industrialization would progress, the populations in Africa and South America will stop rising and the world population will stabilize. All the while, the West has negative population growth, about 1.5 children on average; a collapse rate. And by being anti-Catholic what do you think will fill the void? If left unimpeded, Islam and Sharia law. The religious and culture war unfolding before your eyes.
commented 2015-04-24 18:13:10 -0400
I agree with Harper.
commented 2015-04-24 18:04:11 -0400
I find it amazing that Climategate happened back in 2009, yet it seems that most politicians (of all stripes and at all levels) and the mass media STILL believe in human-caused global warming/climate change. What will it take for them to finally snap out of it?
commented 2015-04-24 14:57:48 -0400
Zing…. take that Obama. Truth will prevail.
commented 2015-04-24 14:19:24 -0400
I can’t believe he is finally saying this out loud. It is the push back the “watermelons” need. I agree that the timing is perfect, I think most Canadians are tired of this lie and will welcome being able to put it behind us. Those silly socialist premiers who may have got into power with that old party line ,will have to find a new way to rape us of our money. You go Stephen Harper!
commented 2015-04-24 13:59:30 -0400
Great comment guys and dolls Harper is the best leader in the world HE calls a spade is aspade. Unfortunately I live in a commie riding.
commented 2015-04-24 12:59:50 -0400
You are right Mr. Prime Minister and thank-you for saying it. If I wasn’t already voting Conservative I’d vote for you based on this statement alone. Too few political leaders are prepared to stand up to the AGW Fascists and I am proud to think that my countries leader is one of them.
commented 2015-04-24 12:19:56 -0400
Thank you Prime Minister Harper for your courage and integrity. I can relax a little bit knowing that you are at the helm.
commented 2015-04-24 12:09:49 -0400
This comment and action makes me very proud of Harper (something which occurs very seldom, with politicians) and may win my vote in the next election.
None of this is “new” news (except for the very naive and the left-wing dreamers) but it’s a true pleasure to see this (carbon tax) actually admitted by a politician for what it really is, solely (100%) a money grab by governments and nothing more.
commented 2015-04-24 12:04:59 -0400
I just phoned my MP and left a voice message, I quoted this article, citing THEREBEL:
“Amid complaints from the left that his budget contained nothing to deal with climate change, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shot down the idea that his government is about to put a price on carbon emissions.
“Anybody who tells you that a carbon tax is an environmental policy is trying to pull the wool over your eyes,” Harper said in Winnipeg.”
I then said I was glad a man of PM Harper’s caliber was at the helm of our country, especially instead of the two other clowns, and that I was very happy and reassured by the PM’s words and the leadership he is showing!
commented 2015-04-24 12:04:52 -0400
I just phoned my MP and left a voice message, I quoted this article, citing THEREBEL:
“Amid complaints from the left that his budget contained nothing to deal with climate change, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shot down the idea that his government is about to put a price on carbon emissions.
“Anybody who tells you that a carbon tax is an environmental policy is trying to pull the wool over your eyes,” Harper said in Winnipeg.”
I then said I was glad a man of PM Harper’s caliber was at the helm of our country, especially instead of the two other clowns, and that I was very happy and reassured by the PM’s words and the leadership he is showing!
commented 2015-04-24 11:39:55 -0400
Dare I say It? An honest politician?
commented 2015-04-24 11:09:42 -0400
Articulate Intelligence = Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Well said Right Honourable Mister Man. I hope you’ll continue to lead this great nation for many, many more years to ensure my children and grandchildren have an outstanding future. Thank you for your service Sir.
commented 2015-04-24 11:01:38 -0400
At last, a leader with the guts to say what needs to be said. Love it.
commented 2015-04-24 10:57:34 -0400
Harper is the best! A true world leader.
commented 2015-04-24 10:35:47 -0400
could we just get a flat tax, under 25k pay none…
commented 2015-04-24 10:28:28 -0400
100% behind our PM.
Let the Libtarts squeal like pigs and let the facts get in the way.
commented 2015-04-24 10:24:28 -0400
And, in Alberta’s last election, Danielle Smith (lately known as the floor-crossing traitor) told the media that her party was going to “wait until the science was in”… and was lambasted for that statement… We have another political party leader who’s saying, in effect, the same thing? GREAT!!!
commented 2015-04-24 10:18:21 -0400
What are the chances of a debate about climate change—NONE? Mr. Harper is brilliant as he knows this little quip will be reported—NOTHING ELSE WILL BE. Voters will understand what he is saying through the bs the media will spew.
commented 2015-04-24 10:06:39 -0400
Harper is a master chess player. He has wisely provided media one short, concise sound bite that will hopefully be quoted by mainstream media. No extraneous context they can twist.
commented 2015-04-24 09:52:10 -0400
Brilliant!!! Timing is Brilliant!!!

Directed to all the lefty gewbermant pig premiers – including you Wynne – that you are all about stealing from the voters to build your pet projects and pay kickback to your other liberal vendors, including big unions.

Suck it Wynne.
commented 2015-04-24 09:35:41 -0400
I agree 100% with PM Harper on that Carbon Tax is about making Governments’ Rich and filling up crony Corporate Oligarchs’ pockets!
commented 2015-04-24 09:29:20 -0400
Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, for stating the truth bluntly and unabashedly! All Canadians must ask themselves: “What are governments specifically planning to do with all our carbon tax money they will collect that will help our environment?” We need to see an action plan that shows HOW the money will be used!
commented 2015-04-24 09:16:07 -0400
I’d like to see PM Harper refer to this, more accurately, as a “Carbon DIOXIDE tax”. This would drive the enviro crowd crazy, and more importantly, provide the rest of us with some fresh entertainment from these global cooling deniers.
commented 2015-04-24 09:12:14 -0400
Harper is correct.