July 21, 2016

Westjet CEO: Carbon tax could “kill an industry that is so important to economic growth”

Rebel Staff
 

Westjet, the Calgary based airline, is sending a dire warning to the federal government about the financial cost of a carbon tax on Canadian airlines.

Westjet CEO Gregg Saretsky was at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region conference in Calgary when he said:

“We’re obviously working closely with government — they need to be very careful that they don’t kill an industry that is so important to economic growth.”

Saretsky went on to admit his company’s slim margins. He said Westjet makes $14 profit per passenger and any added tax could take a chunk out of that.

Westjet is already seeing a fuel hike from the carbon tax within Alberta, for flights that start and end here.

Starting in January the carbon tax on jet fuel will be 5.1 cents per liter jumping to 7.75 cents per liter in 2018.

This means already struggling Alberta companies are going to be paying more for their interprovincial business flights.

Worse still, a national carbon tax will act to discourage any low cost American carriers who might consider entering the Canadian market.

Canadian airlines will pass as much of their increased costs onto their customers, making airline travel even more expensive.

And competition will never come to save Canadian travellers from these high prices.

I guess it doesn’t really matter to Liberals like Justin Trudeau. I doubt he’s ever flown economy class anywhere or worried about the cost of a flight.

(Photo: Facebook.com/westjet)

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commented 2016-07-22 11:24:23 -0400
PETER K: I think you missed JOHN LANDRY’S point.

ANDREW STEPHENSON: So I guess you are fine with destroying an industry. That would be the only way your statement would make any sense. As Peter stated, if the planes still fly back and forth, (and of course pass the carbon tax on to consumers), they are still burning the fuel, and carbon reductions are zero.

The whole carbon tax cap and trade bullshit is simply that, bullshit. It has been tried for over 20 years in Norway with no apparent positive results. A convenient way to grab and redistribute money. And of course carbon reduction will be minimal if any world wide . What sense does it make to add provincial AND federal carbon taxing, suck a bunch more money out of consumers that can’t afford it, and not accomplish the goal of reducing CO2 levels at all. All of this done under the misconception that man can manipulate the climate in any significant way by screwing with CO2 levels. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY.

DJBT and the rest
commented 2016-07-22 08:23:40 -0400
No big deal. This is where crony capitalism kicks in. Junior will cut a special deal with the airlines while he taxes the rest of us. Whinny has this little trick down pat.
commented 2016-07-21 22:48:42 -0400
No government can be this short sighted !

Canadian Mongrel, I am wondering the same thing.
commented 2016-07-21 22:01:02 -0400
We have flown many times out of Buffalo NY flying costs less and lower parking rates at the airport.
Only an hour away.
commented 2016-07-21 20:45:37 -0400
“Peter Karelse commented 1 hour ago
And after we pay this tax how will the results of this apparent reduction of carbon be measured”

Fewer litres of fuel burned. That’s why they charge it per-litre.
commented 2016-07-21 20:27:49 -0400
So the question becomes whether Air Canada, which is still on the government teat and highly unionized, will be exempt from the Carbon tax. Whereas, West Jet won’t be because it has always been a thorn in the regressive left’s side by showing the private sector can run an airline more efficiently and effectively than the crown corporation.
commented 2016-07-21 19:55:05 -0400
Trudeau’s whole agenda is to ruin Canada, dragging us down to a third world level. That is how Marxism works.

We must also remember the regular cheque he receives from Saudi Arabia, he dose not want to loose that.

If ever somebody needs to be shot as a Traitor, it is Justin Trudeau, who, if he has a middle name, it must begin with a C
commented 2016-07-21 19:54:09 -0400
Trudeau owns Canada and can manipulate it, and us, at his will. That’s the consequence of elections.
He’s the emperor now. His progeny is even named Hadrian FFS.
commented 2016-07-21 19:34:14 -0400
Sandra these are people who always had money and have no idea what its like to be without. And you have the useful idiots who are too lazy to think and nod their head yes to anything that comes down the pipe at them. Its so easy.
commented 2016-07-21 19:31:16 -0400
John Landry what the H are you talking about? Are you old enough to vote? you have no idea you are being screwed over. In fact you probably say gee tax me more because we are doing good.
commented 2016-07-21 19:28:23 -0400
And after we pay this tax how will the results of this apparent reduction of carbon be measured? Will the application of this tax actually reduce the amount of carbon? I fail to see how the tax will make a difference because the jet will travel to points unknown unknown burning the same amount of fuel, except now there will be a tax on it. How is going to reduce the carbon footprint?
commented 2016-07-21 19:25:29 -0400
And after we pay tis tax, how will the results of the a
commented 2016-07-21 19:16:38 -0400
That’s the problem with conservatives, they assume balanced budgets, profit making and economic growth are a shared idea. The center and the left of center dismiss those concepts whenever it dilutes their tea.
commented 2016-07-21 19:14:44 -0400
Stock up on sensible shoes now before that price goes up. Ahhhh nothing better than to stand in those long bread lines with the comfort of your dr. shoals. Is this not starting to get just a wee bit ridiculous?
commented 2016-07-21 19:03:40 -0400
And the financial raping of Canadians continues – FUCK YOU NOTLEY YOU PIG!!!
commented 2016-07-21 18:48:04 -0400
We know the left does not care one whit if they kill an industry. They don’t care if they kill all industries. Besides, those islamic fanatics seem to really hate airplanes, so it’s probably politically correct to kill the airlines off to avoid giving offense to that one particular religion. It’s PC good to offend all other religions though