British Columbia’s NDP government is intervening on behalf of Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in separate court cases - one in Saskatchewan and another in Ontario - where those respective provinces are challenging the federal government’s authority to impose a carbon tax.
BC attorney general David Eby told Global News:
“The significance of British Columbia’s appearing in support of many aspects of the federal government’s argument is we may be the only province standing in support of what the federal government is doing and we think the court should hear a provincial perspective in support of the federal government,”
Eby probably should have stopped talking right then, but he didn’t. Here is what Eby said next.
“If B.C. is the only province with a price on carbon or one of the only provinces, then British Columbians are working on a playing field that is not even”
Eby’s saying places with a carbon tax are at a competitive disadvantage to those without one! That’s what every critic of the carbon tax has been saying and is why Canada can’t have a carbon tax, especially since our U.S. neighbours don’t have one.
I’m in complete agreement with Eby but instead of forcing the rest of the country to have an ineffective tax on carbon dioxide, why doesn't BC just get rid of theirs and level the playing field for themselves instead of dragging everybody else down to the bottom?
I’m not joking when I call the BC carbon tax ineffective. Between 2014 to 2015, carbon emissions increased by 1.6 per cent.
It’s been so ineffective that anti-carbon tax crusaders in Washington State routinely point to BC as an example of why they don't need a carbon tax, and why a carbon tax wouldn't work to achieve its stated goals. For the third time, voters have rejected a carbon tax.
BC's carbon tax scheme is so bad the hyper-lefties in Washington state - the home of Seattle and Starbucks - don't want it and yet the BC NDP have the audacity to think that the rest of Canada deserves it.