Our Member of Parliament, Pierre Poilievre, has sponsored a petition asking the Liberal government to release its full analysis of how much the carbon tax is going to cost Canadians. You can read and sign the petition on the Parliament of Canada electronic petition site.
In October 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that in 2018 the federal government will impose a carbon tax of $10/tonne which will increase every year to $50/tonne by 2022. This will increase the cost of almost everything Canadians use including home heating fuel, gasoline and food. It will increase the cost of doing business in Canada including farming, manufacturing, retail and restaurants – and these costs will get passed along to you, the consumer.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has estimated that the carbon tax will cost the average family (2.5 persons/family) more than $2,500 per year.
Taxes like the carbon tax are sometimes called “economic instruments.” They are intended to change the behaviour of consumers. The theory is if it costs more you will use less. But this only goes so far. If what is being taxed is something you really need, your only choice is to pay more.
All Canadians, irrespective of their income, are being stuck with a bigger bill for things they really need. How much? The Liberals are saying we don’t need to know … just pay the bill.
Conservatives believe in transparency. The Mulroney government replaced the hidden Manufacturers Sales Tax with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) so that Canadians would know what they were paying.
Conservatives believe in lower taxes. The Harper government reduced the GST from 7% to 5% leaving more than 500 million dollars in the pockets of Canadians.
Conservatives believe in protecting our children’s future. When the Conservatives left office, the budget was balanced. The federal tax burden was lower than when the Conservatives came to power in 2006. But it is not just about government taxes and spending.
Conservatives believe in environmental policies that will actually improve things for future generations. When prices are already sky high, consumers have already cut back what they use as far as they can.
The environmental benefit of a national carbon tax won’t be measurable from a climate change perspective. It might make some people feel like they are doing something to address what many people believe is a serious global environmental issue. But it won’t change the outcome. It is like throwing money out your window. You will have less but you won’t have anything in return.
Canadians need to know how much a carbon tax is going to cost.