The #CarbonTax for some but not for other provinces

By Harry Siemens – 

Mr. Premier – Down with the #CT – Hurts all but the #CT scammersThe governments of Saskatchewan and Ontario have agreed to work together to stop the federal government from imposing a carbon tax on the people of their provinces.

Doug Ford, the premier Ontario and Premier Scott Moe of Saskatchewan released a joint statement recently following discussions at the summer meeting of the Council of the Federation in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. Here the two premiers agreed to join forces and use every available tool to challenge the federal government’s authority to arbitrarily impose a carbon tax on the people of Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he and his Saskatchewan counterpart, Premier Scott Moe, are on the same page when it comes to a carbon tax.

One political commentator said on Twitter Manitoba needs to join Saskatchewan, Ontario, and PEI and rid Manitobans of this horrendous tax.

Premier Ford said at the Council of the Federation in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick they had a great meeting to discuss the issues shared between their provinces.

“At the top of the agenda, the carbon tax, where we both are on the same page. The people of Ontario elected me on a promise to scrap the carbon tax. It’s a bad tax for families, and it’s a bad tax for businesses,” he said. “I’m here to gather support among my provincial counterparts, against the Carbon Tax. When I met Premier Moe, I agreed to stand shoulder to shoulder with him on this issue. I’m pleased to announce that Ontario will join forces with Saskatchewan and use every tool at our disposal to challenge the Federal Carbon Tax.”

Premier Ford said Ontario will support Saskatchewan in intervening in the reference case they have launched with the court of appeal.

“This is an important step in the fight against the Federal Carbon Tax. Our provinces are strongest when we stand together. This move will show unity and will send a clear message to the federal government,” he said.  

 

The two Premiers agreed, carbon taxes make life unaffordable for families and put thousands of jobs at risk and, at a time economic uncertainty, more money needs to go back into the pockets of families and businesses.

According to John Feldsted, Political Consultant and Strategist in Winnipeg Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is determined to impose his ‘made in Manitoba’ carbon tax December 1st, 2018.

“We can correctly assume that the dire financial position of the province plays a part.

Pallister has promised that carbon tax revenues will be returned to Manitobans as tax cuts and may include a 1 per cent decrease in the provincial sales tax,” said Feldsted.

Carbon taxes will bring in revenues of somewhere over $139 million. Not mentioned is the federal GST windfall of $6.95 million. The feds tack on the GST to the final retail cost including the provincial road tax.

“Including the carbon tax in road taxes is smart don’t need a separate system for collection. The promise of returning all carbon tax income in the form of tax refunds looks possible but is not quite attainable,” said Feldsted. “The Climate and Green Plan Implementation Act has provisions that make that difficult.”

He said all of this would require substantial infrastructure and funding and bureaucracies are expensive and will diminish available carbon tax refunds to Manitobans. While a sales tax reduction will have an immediate offset to higher gas prices, cuts in income tax mean a delay between out of pocket carbon expenses and relief at tax filing time.

“We are out the expenses of carbon taxes paid until the following spring, and by then we have accumulated more expenses for the current year. We are funding government operations in the meantime, which is not entirely bad as that avoids increasing debt,” said Feldsted.

However, the carbon tax puts pressure on the working poor who need to commute, and those who use a personal vehicle for work. Those who have the least will hurt the most, Feldsted said.