The federal government was just forced to admit that they don’t know, or care, how much their carbon tax will cost the military.
“With regard to the impact of increased fuel costs as a result of the federal carbon tax on the Canadian Forces: (a) what was the total amount spent on fuel by the Canadian Forces in the 2017-18 fiscal year; (b) what is the projected increase in the amount spent on fuel by the Canadian Forces as a result of the carbon tax for each of the next five years; and (c) what are the projected total fuel expenditures for each of the next five years?”
Parliamentary rules say the government must provide an answer to these questions within 45 days - but the government only had half answer for Vecchio.
“Department of National Defence and CAF total fuel expenditures for fiscal year 2017- 2018 are $194,932,621.96 [...] expenditures are a subsection of the operation and maintenance budgets for individual activities. they are not tracked or forecast for the level of the detail required to respond to the question in the allotted time.”
The DND just told us how much they spend on fuel, right down to the last penny. They can and must have an idea about how much the carbon tax will cost them going forward. That’s all part of the budgetary process.
But this lackadaisical attitude about the impact of the carbon tax speaks volumes about Liberal priorities.
This is a cost the Liberals are willing and proud to pay, while Canadian soldiers share sleeping bags and rucksacks amongst themselves because they won't spend the money to provide them with a proper kit.