There is widespread agreement across the political spectrum that people need more money in their pockets now. A carbon tax does the exact opposite.
As I’ve said previously, during a crisis it is essential to put aside ideology and do what must be done.
For example, the Conservatives have supported massive government intervention and spending, which is a necessity given the fact that people are being told to stay home, yet still need to afford food, medicine, and housing.
Yet, Justin Trudeau is refusing to halt his carbon tax hike.
Considering that everyone agrees we need to get money into people’s pockets now, Trudeau’s move to keep hiking the carbon tax is absurd, dangerous, and totally counter-productive.
Even if you believe his argument (I don’t) that people will get more back through a rebate than they pay, it still doesn’t make sense, because the rebate wouldn’t happen until later.
And as we know, people can’t wait until ‘later,’ with mass layoffs taking place and bills coming due.
So, what we are seeing is Trudeau putting his ideology ahead of what needs to be done during this crisis.
It’s going to have a real, damaging impact on Canadians, who are already witnessing our economy as we knew it fall apart before our very eyes.
And, as noted by Aaron Wudrick, it’s profound insult to Alberta at a time when Canada needs unity more than ever:
“The whole world economy is shut down and oil’s at four bucks a barrel but the PM still finds a way to kick sand in Alberta’s eyes at the worst possible time. It would be such a simple gesture to just hit pause on this, but no. Appalling.”
Trudeau needs to realize what’s going on, reverse himself, and cancel the carbon tax hike now.
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