The Carbon Tax Is Based On A Lie

It’s a tax grab being sold as an “environmental policy.” That’s total BS.

If a tax is proposed on the basis of accomplishing a specific goal and it fails to accomplish that goal, what does it mean when politicians push for that tax anyway?

It was never about accomplishing anything other than taking your money.

Throughout history we have seen a repeating pattern. Politicians declare an emergency, and demand that a new tax be introduced to give the government the revenue it needs to manage the emergency or achieve a specific objective. Often, the tax is promised to be only “temporary,” but it invariably becomes permanent.

In time, the government stops talking about the emergency or the objective, but they don’t stop taking the money. And thus, government becomes larger and more powerful, while the people lose more financial freedom.

In our era, that is exactly what’s happening with the carbon tax.

The carbon tax is being justified based on a lie, and this lie is meant to cover up the fact that the carbon tax is nothing more than a good ole’ fashioned tax grab.

The elitist politicians say the carbon tax is meant to reduce emissions. Alright. Let’s assume that’s true. Therefore, if it doesn’t work, it should be eliminated right?

Wrong, according to the elites.

The evidence of the failure of carbon taxes is piling up, yet none of our foolish “leaders” seem to listen to the facts, and none of them are backing down from ramming the carbon tax through.

The facts don’t justify a carbon tax

Even many on the left are starting to see through the elitist carbon tax propaganda. Consider these excerpts from an article written in the Tyee by Bill Tieleman, a former NDP strategist discussing BC’s carbon tax:

“The only problem is that B.C.’s carbon tax doesn’t work. Whether you look at greenhouse gas emissions or economic statistics, B.C. carbon tax has tanked.”

Tieleman quotes economist Mark Lee as saying the BC carbon tax did not lower emissions: “The reality is that since 2010, B.C.’s GHG emissions have increased every year; as of 2013 they are up 4.3 per cent above 2010 levels,”

And Tieleman points out the carbon tax didn’t help the economy, with BC growing slower than their neighbours:

“In fact, Alberta’s gross domestic product grew 22 per cent from 2010 to 2014. Saskatchewan’s GDP grew 15 per cent, B.C. lagged with 11-per-cent growth. The gap is similar if you compare growth since 2007, before the carbon tax.”

Taxpayers got ripped off:

“Nor is the carbon tax fair. It’s a regressive tax that benefits big business and the wealthy at the expense of lower and middle-income earners.”

Again quoting Lee, Tieleman notes that low-income people got scammed on the supposedly “revenue neutral” aspect of the tax:

“The low-income credit, in particular, offset the carbon tax for the bottom 40 per cent when it was first introduced in 2008,” Lee writes, “but as the tax has gone up, the credit has not, making that whole regime regressive — that is, low-income households pay a greater share of their income to the tax than higher-income households.”

The failure of BC’s carbon tax can be summed up in the subtitle of Tieleman’s article:

“Higher emissions, slow growth, regressive taxation. Sorry, what’s to celebrate?”

In a sign of what we can expect from Trudeau forcing a carbon tax on the entire country, he has regularly pointed to BC’s carbon tax as a positive example for his national efforts.

Not good.

Why push a tax that doesn’t work?

Consider also the words of Aldyen Donnelly – President of WDA Consulting – who criticized the pro-carbon tax advocacy of the think tank Canada 2020 in the Financial Post:

“Interested and objective researchers can review fairly comprehensive datasets for over 120 developing nation pollution pricing policy precedents going back to 1978. Roughly one-third of these are “cap and trade”-type measures, while the rest are more direct consumption, production tax and/or tariff measures or measures that combine direct taxation and cap and trade.”

Adds Donnelly, “Not one of the pollution pricing precedents can reasonably be described as effective, let alone efficient, by any analyst who considers all of the publicly available data. Yet the Canada 2020 background paper goes to some lengths to selectively report or creatively interpret data to support its pro-carbon pricing policy bias.”

Donnelly also notes that the BC carbon tax did not reduce demand for the taxed products, saying “But BC Ministry of Finance budget documents show, clearly, that total demand for the B.C. carbon-taxed products grew faster after the carbon-tax was introduced than over almost every other similar timeframe between 1992 and 2008 (before the carbon tax was introduced).”

Donelley and Tieleman may stand on different parts of the political spectrum, but both point to the failure of the BC carbon tax – which Trudeau strongly supports.

The carbon tax has lowered economic growth, hurt low-income and middle class people, benefited big corporations and the wealthy, all while putting more money in the hands of government.

The one thing it hasn’t done? Lowered emissions.

This is how we know the carbon tax is based on a lie.

If the carbon tax doesn’t accomplish the one thing it is supposed to do, we have to either assume all of the elites are incompetent fools – tempting but unlikely – or, realize that the carbon tax accomplishes exactly what they want it to: Extract wealth from Canadian workers and families.

Just like other taxes, the only goal is to put more money under the control of politicians and bureaucrats, enriching the state at our expense.

The carbon tax is being sold on a lie, and the elites have picked a clever one. Canadians want a clean environment, and those in power are manipulating that desire to convince people to allow themselves to be robbed.

That’s why we must all speak out and spread the word about the carbon tax lie, before this new tax becomes as permanent as all the others.

Spencer Fernando