Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was on CTV’s "Question Period" discussing the carbon tax. He made the point that his province — in fact, the entire western economy — was hurting and now was not the time for a carbon tax that would only do more damage.
He compared it to Ottawa slapping a tax on the auto industry back in 2008 when that industry was reeling. Except of course that never happened; there was a bailout instead.
Is there a bailout of the oil industry? No.
Is there help for large scale farmers that will see costs go up significantly thanks to a carbon tax? No.
What is there?
Well, there is the special tariff on dry wall that’s pushing up the costs of home building and home renovations by thousands of dollars,and it’s a tariff that only applies west of the Manitoba-Ontario border.
So no good news for the West even though the Liberals elected their first MP in Calgary in a generation this past election.
If you happen to be part of a favoured industry in Quebec though, it’s a different story.
Watch as I explain which direction the money flows, regardless of who’s in power.
In addition to more announcements like this, expect growing Western resentment to a Liberal government that promised change but is really just bringing back the worst of Pierre Trudeau’s NEP and high handed ways.