Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Industry Canada's $4 Billion Dollar Boondoggle

Terence Corcoran of the Financial Post makes a case against the Government of Canada's [specifically Industry Canada's] wireless spectrum auction; or as he sees it for cell users, a Wireless Tax.

Yes Mable, Carbon Taxes Really Do Suck

In other tax related news, two out of every three Canadians have tuned out Dion's regressive national carbon tax policy. Another note of interest was the fact that only Albertans hate the policy worse then Atlantic Canadians (as 79 per cent thinks it's "a bad idea").

Not a surprising reaction after what you see happening in British Columbia as "taxpayers are paying more for gasoline and most other energy sources as a result of Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell’s introduction of a carbon tax. The levy went into effect on July 1 and gasoline taxes increased by 2.34 cents a litre (the additional tax paid by consumers is actually 2.46 cents/L when the GST tax-on-tax is factored in). Vancouver, which today has the highest taxes on gasoline, saw pump prices jump to over $1.50. The province’s carbon tax will also hit natural gas, propane, diesel and jet fuel. It will rise again on Canada Day over the next four years unless high energy prices and voter furry prompts Mr. Campbell to rethink his policy."

I see truckers in New Brunswick seem to agree it's bad policy.

Related: Environmental consulting firm suing Liberal Party, Dion's Green Shift isn't as painless as it sounds, Carbon tax confusion everywhere, More holes in Dion carbon tax, Most oppose carbon tax.


At Jul 8, 2008, 2:19:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nova Scotia ans Newfoundland seem to be opposed to a carbon tax in principle, but not as much NB and PEI.

At Jul 8, 2008, 2:26:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In an online Globe and Mail poll where the question was "Should the G8 at this week's summit commit to hard targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions?"

61% said "No". I guess from this type of response, one would assume that it isn't that important even when ask in a polite and respectful manner.

At Jul 9, 2008, 11:42:00 AM , Anonymous nbt said...

It may be good policy in the mind of Dion, but there is no question, it is bad politics.

Which makes this scenario, by Jonathan Kay, interesting. Would Harper's government be bold enough to eliminate the GST by 5% and then turn around and add a carbon tax? Only time will tell.

Although, like the GST, this carbon tax is as popular as a skunk at a picnic. And the Tories don't have a chance in the senate (even with the possibility of bringing in a few additional switch hitters from the UK like Mulroney did to pass his unpopular legislation).

At Jul 9, 2008, 11:45:00 AM , Anonymous nbt said...

Opps, forgot, here's Jonathan Kay's article from yesterday's Post.


At Jul 11, 2008, 7:11:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

well it is a perfect example how everbody is concerned about the environment until it hits their pocket book and then they change their minds quickly. It makes the environmentalists like Suzuki and Al Gore come to grips that huge changes will affect most of us with more taxes. Those two don't care bc they are already rich but most of us can't afford it so we don't need nuts like that making policy decisions....

At Jul 13, 2008, 4:12:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes sense to me, considering the whole global-warm... oops, "climate change" movement is complete BS. That's OK, though, buy away your guilt with carbon credits (that go where, exactly?) and punish me because I drive a *gasp* 1994 car which *must* be bad for the environment. Never mind that I get 34 miles to the gallon - same as a 2008 model compact car.


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