The Trudeau Liberals Just Admitted The Carbon Tax Will Hurt Canada’s Economy

Can they get any more incompetent?

Ever since the Trudeau Liberals introduced the idea of the carbon tax, people have been raising concerns about how it will damage Canada’s economy.

It hurts Canadian businesses by increasing their costs, and hurts Canadian consumers by raising the price of everything as it filters out through the economy.

It also makes Canadian businesses far less competitive when compared to businesses in the US who don’t have a carbon tax, and have lower overall business taxes as well.

For years, the Trudeau Liberals ignored those concerns, saying the carbon tax was necessary to deal with ‘global emissions,’ (total BS), and that it wouldn’t hurt the economy at all. In fact, Catherine McKenna has repeatedly said the carbon tax and the Liberals ‘environmental’ policies would help the economy and boost growth.

But now, the Trudeau Liberals have admitted that the carbon tax will hurt Canada’s economy.

They didn’t say that of course, but the recent announcement that they’re setting a lower carbon tax price is a clear admission of how damaging the tax is.

As noted in a recent report, “The Liberal government is curtailing its plan to price carbon pollution after hearing concerns from Canadian industry officials about how the tax would impact competitiveness. As the Globe and Mail first reported Wednesday morning, Environment and Climate Change Canada plans to release new guidelines that lower the percentage of emissions some polluters will have to pay the carbon tax on. Back in January, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna set the benchmark at 70 per cent of an industry’s average emissions performance, meaning companies would have to pay a tax on 30 per cent of their emissions.”

Now, the tax will apply to between 10% and 20% of emissions.

Notably however, the per-tonne cost remains the same.

The move comes as Canadians turn against the carbon tax, with Ontario and Saskatchewan fighting it in court, Manitoba introducing a carbon tax that the government rejects as too weak, PEI fighting against it, New Brunswick introducing a plan McKenna opposed, and Alberta likely to elect a Conservative government in 2019 that will scrap the provincial carbon tax.

Scrap the tax entirely

This move by the Trudeau government is an obvious admission that the tax hurts the economy. After all, if it didn’t hurt the economy, why would reducing it help competitiveness?

It also exposes the dishonesty of the government. If the tax was really about helping the environment, then wouldn’t lowering it be a total disaster?

By lowering it, the government has admitted that it’s not about the environment at all, and that it is bad for the economy.

So that raises the obvious question: Why not scrap it entirely?

A lower carbon tax is technically better than a higher carbon tax, but it’s still far worse than no carbon tax. As long as the carbon tax exists, Canada’s businesses are less competitive, and Canadian consumers are getting screwed over. If the Liberals actually wanted to fix that problem, they would get rid of it fully.

The Trudeau government continues to fall further and further into the depths of incompetence and dishonesty.

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Ray Decorby

I thinks we need to go into the election with JT, Barbie and his brain trust Gerald doubling down on their carbon tax…

Don Wood

It is well past time for BC’s politicians to understand your comments and do away with our Provincial Carbon Tax

David Cameron

Someone should tell Prime Minister Moron and Ignoramus Catherine McKenna to take a drive from Bonavista to Vancouver Island and take note of all the trees. Then someone should tell them that all those billions and billions of silly trees remove more CO2 than Canada produces in which case Canada should tax all the CO2 polluting countries even though CO2 isn’t a pollutant and doesn’t cause global warming even though a warmer planet is a better planet and then send cheques from all that revenue to the individual Canadian taxpayers and not to include phoney refugees and those who pay… Read more »

Ron Voss

For years, the Trudeau Liberals ignored those concerns, saying the carbon tax was necessary to deal with ‘global emissions’. Either it is or it isn’t there is no in-between. What chicanery.

Ann

Canadians don’t care that this incompetent SOB lowered the carbon tax. The Provinces who have and are Opposing the Carbon Tax, will Stand their Ground and NOT pay any Carbon Tax. That should NOT Change!

Don Taylor

How can any Sane person can vote for these brain injured Liberals,is beyond reasoning

Ron Voss

One answer, the CBC. I learned recently that ardent socialist Graham Spry was instrumental in establishing the CBC, a government-funded broadcaster that would deliberately shape Canadian culture. He is known as the Father of the CBC.

Marky

“some polluters “. First: CO2 is not pollution. Again, the Liberals are twisting their use of English to convince the gullible. After all, who doesn’t want to fight pollution? Second: the government will pick and chose who the ‘some’ are. Again, allowing them to reward friends while leaving others at a tax disadvantage.

shawn harris

Let’s be clear here , Trudeau and MacKenna aren’t admitting that the carbon tax hurts the economy and does nothing for the environment. They are hoping to smooth over the public’s rage about another useless tax that causes them to pay more to get less and is dressed up as saving the planet. Trudeau’s real hope here is that if he can get you accept this new plan of carbon taxing people, then he will be able to get re-elected and then raise the carbon tax to $100. a tonne. Taxes never ever solve any problem completely, they usually create… Read more »

Paul hamer

Someone told me that …… the removal of trees though logging in Canada results in a much higher CO2 to gain than fossil fuel’s use, someone should check that