Donald Trump’s White House is confirming that the American president will follow through on a campaign promise and walk away from the Paris climate deal that was agreed to by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Trump tweeted an announcement is on its way.
“I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
And in his daily press briefing Sean Spicer told reporters not only is a decision coming but that Trump talked to G7 leaders about pulling out of Paris while in Europe.
The withdrawal of the US from the Paris deal is all but confirmed. And yet what is Canada doing about this?
Forging ahead, convinced that whether the US is on board or not, imposing a carbon tax or cap and trade system on the country, driving up costs and making life and business in Canada less affordable is the right way to go.
Now we know that the Trudeau Liberals love to say that they believe in science based, evidence based policy. So obviously, they have studied what Canada going forward without the US will do to the US economy, right?
I mean they wouldn’t commit the country to such a major decision with huge implications without serious science based, evidence based study right?
We submitted an access to information request for the following.
“Provide copies for any studies or analysis done on the potential impact of proceeding with action on climate change and carbon pricing alone without cooperative or comparable action by the United States, on Canadian industry, the Canadian economy, and individual Canadians since January 1, 2016.”
I would expect a request like that to bury us in paper, in PDF files in study after study. After all the government keeps telling us this is the right way to go, they must have evidence to back it up right? Wrong.
The response was one line.
“After a thorough search, no records were found concerning this request.”
Let me repeat, no records were found. They did a thorough search.
This government is committed to going ahead with a plan that will drastically change our economy and put us at odds with our biggest trading partner and they have not studied the impact of doing that.
But don’t worry, Justin Trudeau, that well known economist who can recite pie to the 19th decibel tells us it is going to be great, with or without the US. Here is what he told the Globe and Mail last December after Trump won the election and it was clear the US was not going to tax carbon dioxide.
“We know that this is the way the world is going, and if the United States wants to take a step back from it, quite frankly, I think we should look at that as an extraordinary opportunity for Canada and for Canadians, an opportunity to draw in investors who are focused on where the profits and the opportunities are going to be 10 years from now, 20 years from now,”
Profits and opportunities. For who?
Not for you. Maybe for the government, maybe for their well connected friends but not for you. You will simply pay more for goods while worrying about your jobs being eliminated because doing business in Canada on every front is getting more and more expensive under left wing governments from carbon taxes to pension premium increases, EI premium increases, higher minimum wages and higher income taxes.
Don’t worry though, Trudeau and his environment minister keep saying that any price on carbon will be revenue neutral, all the money collected will stay with the provinces. Except when it won’t.
In response to an order paper question the Liberals admitted they will charge GST on any carbon pricing. Asked if that money will be returned to the provinces, the answer was no.
“These revenues do not include those in respect of the GST charged on products or services that may have embedded carbon pricing costs in them.”
As for revenue neutral, that is a tricky term. It doesn’t mean revenue neutral for you, just the government. You could end up paying way more.
And besides, provinces like Ontario and Alberta and likely soon BC are putting a price on carbon and offering no offsetting tax cuts, they just want extra revenue to spend on their pet projects.
So the cost of doing business in Canada will go up, the cost of making or growing anything in Canada will go up, you will pay more for everything. Your employer will pay more for everything and the Americans - the guys we trade with the most, compete with the most, they will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Now while the Trudeau Liberals have not studied what going ahead with carbon pricing without the US means, it doesn’t mean they haven’t studied carbon taxes at all. They love these things.
They’ve been warned it will hurt exports, in particular from Alberta and Saskatchewan. And they have been told the price needs to be higher, significantly higher. Check out this report produced by Environment Canada. While Trudeau and company want a $10 per tonne carbon rising to $50, the report says it needs to start ten times higher.
“Starting in 2015, meeting Canadian targets would require a carbon price, rising to $100 by 2020; $200-$300/t by 2050 - Delays in implementation significantly increase required price”
And just a few days ago, a story in The Guardian, the climate bible of the left, called for similar high carbon taxes. That story was based on a report by a group that was backed and funded by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Donald Trump and the Americans won’t pay any attention to that report but you can bet Trudeau will and once his carbon tax is in, and after he wins the 2019 election, he'll heed the calls of the globalists to hike carbon taxes to ever higher levels.
If you think he's hellbent on killing the Canadian economy, you’d be right. Jobs, industry, productivity are about to flood across the border to the United States while Trudeau stands alone, virtue signalling that Canada is a good boy scout. An unemployed boy scout, but a boy scout none the less.
If you're against this madness, I’m going to ask you to sign our petition at www.StopTheCarbonTax.com and then share it on social media.
If you've already signed the petition, send this report, this video to your friends and family, share it on Facebook, let everyone know what Trudeau and his Liberals plan on doing to the Canadian economy - eliminating jobs and opportunity for you, for your children, for your grand children.
Go now to www.StopTheCarbonTax.com sign it and share it.