October 21, 2016

Carbon taxes force another plant closure in Kamloops, BC

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Yesterday, Lafarge announced they would be shutting down the cement plant in Kamloops, BC and laying off 36 employees, citing tough economic conditions.

The closure comes only a year after Arclin Performance Applied shut their chemical plant.

In the case of the Lafarge plant, there is good evidence that the BC Carbon tax, now eight years old, contributed to the closure.

Not only has the BC government raised the carbon tax from $10/ton up to $30/ton, but cement imports to BC have gone up from 5 per cent when the carbon tax was introduced to BC in 2008, to 40 per cent in 2015.

And it’s not just the cement industry that’s feeling the negative impacts of the BC carbon tax. In 2015, Catalyst Paper Corp. paid $9 million in carbon taxes on the natural gas it consumed, and another $8 million to shippers that also pay the tax.

A pulp mill and plywood plant is set to be the only heavy industry left in Kamloops, and they are under extreme pressure from this tax as well.

That pressure will only increase come 2021 when the federal tax comes into effect in BC, bringing the rate to $40/ton.

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commented 2016-10-23 12:36:55 -0400
@bob EGLI… Nothing works for me any more, including old softy downstairs. I would really like to meet Liza though, and many of the other posters here, male and female. Pray for a miracle Bob, I still am.

commented 2016-10-23 01:11:40 -0400
David White says to a woman " you can stay at my house before I croak". David , does that line work?; I need a few new lines.
commented 2016-10-23 00:40:15 -0400
Pol Pot the tater Tor is taking us back to the Stoneage. Even though its still 2016.
commented 2016-10-22 20:51:20 -0400
Actually , I meant that I would relocate back to Alberta if BC wouldn’t co operate. I love Alberta and lived there for many years. A referendum would set Notley and Clark’s hair on fire.
commented 2016-10-22 18:21:50 -0400
The interior David, and thanks for the offer.
commented 2016-10-22 16:58:21 -0400
@liza ROSIE…. You can stay at my place. I could learn so much from you before I croak. Hope to meet you sometime. What part of BC are you at?

Dump JT and the rest
commented 2016-10-22 15:12:21 -0400
I would have no problem moving back to Alberta.
commented 2016-10-22 15:11:17 -0400
Although Quebec’s referendums on separation did not succeed, many concessions were made because of it.
There is nothing to lose.
commented 2016-10-22 11:51:13 -0400
When a company closes like this one, it is not just the 30+ jobs that go. What about the other companies that support it? Their jobs are also jeopardized and gone. It is incredible that the lefties do not understand how the economy works. Their comfortable lifestyle will be gone when all the businesses leave. How will we live? Oh maybe we can live in igloos and teepees and burn trees to keep warm. More carbon! I think it would be a good idea to start a separation movement at least to shake up these leftist morons.
commented 2016-10-22 02:07:55 -0400
Leviticus…. Alberta and I’m in. As Liza said. WTF do we have to loose. And as one poster so aptly stated a couple of weeks ago. The earth has survived billions of years without a carbon tax, and done quite well. What are these fools doing?

Catherine McKenna is so fucking stupid how is it possible she is a cabinet minister, an MP, or a member of the human race?

DJBT and his sicko-phants
commented 2016-10-22 01:41:25 -0400
Leviticus—-Are you and Liza going to have Notley and NDP run the new country; if not shouldn’t you get rid of her first?
Who is your new Premier of Alberta; is it Jason Kenney, Brian Jean or will Sandra Jensen be the Leader of the Conservatives?
Maybe Brad Wall might run the New Country!
You are correct in saying the Liberals are ruining our Country and its economy, but first things first.
commented 2016-10-22 00:02:30 -0400
At the very least Leviticus, it would shake things up.
We have nothing to lose in trying.
commented 2016-10-21 23:06:51 -0400
Liza.. You are 1 in a million..
It looks like everybody else is just content to piss and moan..
It is easier to fix things now because it is impossible to un-flush a toilet later..
commented 2016-10-21 20:35:04 -0400
I have difficulty understanding why most of the governments in Canada, both provincial and federal are so dead set against economic development.

One has to wonder why they are so bloody stupid.
commented 2016-10-21 20:14:29 -0400
And they still won’t approve the Ajax mine. There isn’t that much employment in Kamloops to begin with. Now there is even less.
Our governments working for the people! Not.
commented 2016-10-21 20:06:05 -0400
Spoken with common sense. Rare. The only way to stop the carbon tax is to stop breathing. If that’s the case I should go out in a blaze of glory. We’re gonna see third world revolts in this country pretty soon if people don’t see the light
commented 2016-10-21 19:53:53 -0400
I used to call on this company in the 80’s. It was a solid company that everyone wanted to invest in. How much green-house gas will BC save with Lefarge and all the jobs gone?
commented 2016-10-21 19:37:01 -0400
Why aren’t the chambers of commerce up in arms about these situations

I believe in days gone by they would be vocal
commented 2016-10-21 18:56:34 -0400
I always darkly find the pictures of smoke stacks demonizing industry hilarious. They are spewing out….super heated water! So really, industry needs to put in condensers to turn the water to liquid, or better yet ice to off set the global warming.

It reminds me of Calgary while I was studying analytic chemistry in the 70’s. There was a fertilizer plant and an explosives plant operating at the time, both producing nitrogen oxides, with the explosives plant producing less. Yet the explosives plant was targeted as non-environmental compared to the chemical fertilizer plant. Because, the fertilizer plant heated its stacks to turn the brown gas colourless.

For environmentalists it is just appearances and not reality. Coal plants needed to condense that water!
commented 2016-10-21 18:36:10 -0400
These taxes are eliminating high-paying jobs in the resource manufacturing industry. I suppose all these $30-$50/hr workers can get a job in the tourism sector and earn a stunning $12-$15/hr.
Carbon taxes are creating more poverty and lower incomes. I wish there was a political choice in BC to vote for that wouldn’t risk a destructive NDP from coming up the middle (as happened in Alberta). People who don’t like Clark and the BCLiberals should vote for anyone except the NDP in ridings where the NDP have no chance of winning (or are shoe-ins) so in the election in 2021 there could be a real conservative alternative.
commented 2016-10-21 18:31:10 -0400
They almost lost Inland cement in Edmonton a few years ago, because the so called conservative government was going to stop them from using coal. Inland told them they would close it all down if they did. So the government backed down. This time with these carbon taxes it will be gone.
commented 2016-10-21 18:18:39 -0400
Leviticus i think we are too far gone now, the left and the socialist fools will just tear down any repairs done to the economy,we need to hit rock bottom and let the well run dry for these idiots to face reality.
commented 2016-10-21 18:16:52 -0400
So the taker trolls will be along to claim the tax had nothing to do with it , and spouting their righteous indignation that the companies didn’t just keep losing money and be slaves to socialism. Funny how they expect others to work and sacrifice for no profit or benefit while they sit around doing little and demanding handouts.
commented 2016-10-21 18:07:50 -0400
Will everybody from the different provinces sound in if they are for separation… What I mean by that is just state which province that you’re from and if you are for separation.. if I am convinced there’s enough people out west that are for separation I will start a multi-provincial door-to-door campaign for signatures to take to my local MP and MLA. To let them know if we are serious about our country..!
Enough is enough from this Liberal government ruining our country and economy..!
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