December 08, 2016

If BC Premier Clark really wants to fix the carbon tax, she should abolish it

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Is Premier Christy Clark changing her tone on the BC carbon tax? Yesterday in a conference call with reporters, ahead of the First Ministers meeting in Ottawa, she cautioned that the new federal carbon tax being mandated by Justin Trudeau needs to be fair and equitable across our country.

British Columbia and Alberta will both be using a price per tonne of carbon tax, while Ontario and Quebec have opted for a cap and trade system.

A recent study by the Canadian Ecofiscal Commission compared cap-and-trade to a price per tonne model. The study showed that while BC and Alberta will be paying $30/tonne of carbon by 2018, the marginal rate for Ontario and Quebec under cap and trade will only be $19/tonne by 2020.

Clark reacted to this difference by telling reporters yesterday, “There’s nothing good about people in Terrace paying double in their carbon price than people in Toronto.”

Premier Clark is right, but she needs to go further:

She needs to make a commitment to link BC’s carbon tax to the same price as the national carbon tax. We’ve already paid our fair share of carbon taxes since 2008. Now it's time to reduce the burden on the BC taxpayer who is already suffering from some of the highest living expenses in North America.

Of course, scrapping the carbon tax both provincially and federally is the only true way to stay competitive, now that the US has indicated they will be going a completely different direction under Trump. Our neighbour Washington State has rejected a carbon tax, and one of BC’s LNG competitors, Australia, scrapped their carbon tax after just two years.


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commented 2016-12-09 12:36:02 -0500
The USA is already picking up with the mere thought of a Trump Presidency . . . he has already done more in a month than Obama has done in 8 years . . . lol
In BC . . . we have only two options . . . DUMB and DUMBER . . . I suspect the unwashed masses are going to elect “DUMBER” next May . . . that will put BC on a course to rival Alberta and Ontar-i-owe for Colossal Failure. Never underestimate the “Ignorance and Stupidity” of the Canadian Voter . . . and the ineptness of Canada’s FAKE Media !
commented 2016-12-09 12:17:41 -0500
The BC Liberals are sly ones. Somehow managed to cut healthcare expenses to 3% a year increase while healthcare inflation is at least 7%. Got to wonder what tricks she played to get that figure.
commented 2016-12-09 10:48:05 -0500
Why is it that we always seem to have followers rather than leaders? Australia wised up and dumped their carbon tax in fairly short order. Why don’t we nip it in the bud instead of crippling ourselves first? It is beyond foolish. Why is Alberta killing our CLEAN coal industry? We can carbon capture and make the coal plants virtually emissions free if that is what is required. We have a thousand years of cheap reliable energy to employ Albertans, allow businesses to flourish, allow places like Hanna, Forestburg, Grand Cache, Genesee area etc etc to flourish instead of becoming ghost towns. Seems powder puff Trudy has bent a bit for MR. WALL, too bad we have the Politburo in charge here in Alberta. In the mean time we could be DEVELOPING alternate energy sources to be brought on line when they could actually come on line in a reliable and cheaper way. ready to help rather than cripple. Why destroy our oil patch? MORE INSANITY. IMPORT from Saudi Arabia. Very well done Justin. CAN’T EVEN KEEP OUR MONEY IN CANADA.

Same goes for our immigration policy. Diaper Boy in Ottawa trying to keep up with Europe. Really working well over there. As we watch in horror as Europe destroys itself, Trudeau sycophants pay heed. As usual we will be a few years behind. When the shit really hits the fan over there,and they are tossing a “Hail Mary” to try and save themselves, Trudope will still be conducting his version of the muslim railroad. WILL WE EVER BE ABLE TO RECOVER?

As we continue to bring up the rear, as we continue to follow, one of these times we won’t be able to recover!!
commented 2016-12-09 10:14:46 -0500
insanity…doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result…carbon taxes don’t work…except to enrich gov’t coffers and make us poorer…as for cap and trade…it’s no different than when the catholic church sold indulgences once upon a time.
commented 2016-12-09 09:15:18 -0500
We already have a national tax it is called hst.A tax designed to pay off the debt.Just how is that going?The liberals NEVER have enough taxes.
commented 2016-12-09 03:32:53 -0500
Lloyd and Drew… That’s going to be the “Noon, January 20th, 2017”, slap in the face that Canada needs to wake up to an stop playing Suzukiesque games… All, and I do mean ALL, Canadian provinces are going to have to come to grips with a soaring and energy independent US soon thereafter, and all provincial premiers are going to have to explain why they are not in tune with the new reality…
commented 2016-12-09 01:12:22 -0500
It will be funny hearing the liberal media spin as the US gets back on track and most of Canada goes down the shitter.
commented 2016-12-08 23:05:37 -0500
If the TRUMPSTER really gets Americas economy really cooking , the the provinces carbon taxes are going start collapsing like dominoes

It’s going to be fun to watch
commented 2016-12-08 21:24:27 -0500
“The fix is in”
commented 2016-12-08 18:30:58 -0500
Hi Mac. How are things in Viking?
commented 2016-12-08 18:29:00 -0500
I suppose it would be too much to ask the carbon tax lefties to just come clean and clearly state that they want to financially rape the people of more of their hard earned money instead of labelling their theft in the euphemism “carbon tax”. … … yea, I though so.
commented 2016-12-08 18:21:57 -0500
Carbon tax is a colossal hoax. See Tim Balls article.
commented 2016-12-08 17:58:25 -0500
There is no “fixing” a plan to rob under false pretense which is delivered DOA