June 26th, 2019

Liberals’ carbon tax plan ‘will not and cannot work’

By Letter to the Editor on January 11, 2019.

Re: “MP disregards ‘mountain of evidence’ about carbon tax,” Jan. 4

Everyone should be free to share their views and not have their opinions stifled, even if one disagrees with them. However Mr. Gue’s recent letter suggesting that a carbon tax is going to somehow magically improve our emissions challenges is simply inaccurate. Readers of this publication are owed a correction on some mischaracterizations.

First, if we are going to compare Canada to other countries with a carbon tax, it should be an apples-to-apples comparison. Mr. Gue cited Sweden, however their carbon tax targeted energy sources at a time when Sweden derived one-third of its energy from burning fossil fuels. Canada has predominantly clean energy sources (81 per cent non-emitting sources) — improvements can be made but not under the Liberal plan. The Liberals are providing carbon tax exemptions to coal power plants and other large industrial emitters so reducing high-emissions is clearly not part of the plan. Canada’s carbon tax, which is applied to everything in contrast to Sweden’s targeted one, means average Canadians and not polluters are facing the costs. The “price on pollution” is patently not the solution. By the way, Canada has had a federal tax on gasoline since 1995 — this is effectively a real carbon tax at 10 cents per litre.

Interestingly enough, Norway has had both a carbon tax and an oil and gas industry. Their emissions have gone up.

Mr. Gue also cites economist William Nordhaus — a Yale professor and Nobel Laureate for his work on a global carbon tax. His work, as noted by the Financial Post in October, requires “clubs of nations” participating in the same carbon tax regime, with sanctions on non-participating countries. It describes Trudeau’s plan as one that “will not and cannot work.” The fact is that the largest emissions reductions in 2017 were from the United States — 42 mega tonnes (mt) of reduced emissions, without a carbon tax. China, by contrast, increased its output by 119 mt. This has raised the costs of most everything from groceries to home heating, while giving large emitters a free pass to pollute is just wrong — and does nothing to reduce our emissions.

There is a distinct difference between pollution-sourced taxation invoked in other countries, and advocated by various think tanks, and the carbon tax plan put forward by Trudeau’s Liberals. Our carbon tax will leave Canadians with less money in their pockets and our emissions will be the same — or worse.

Glen Motz

Medicine Hat

(The writer is MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner.)

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2 Responses to “Liberals’ carbon tax plan ‘will not and cannot work’”

  1. Fedup Conservative says:

    Well Glen why is it working in other places? Have you read ” When it comes to emissions Sweden has it’s cake and eat it too” Did you read the study the Simon Fraser University put out “The shocking truth about B.C.s Carbon Tax it works” This is one the oilmen in Edmonton have brought to my attention “Alberta lakes show chemical effects of oil sands. I was in Saskatchewan a few years ago and read an article in one of their newspapers where their NDP was urging the Brad Wall government to start legal action against Alberta over the pollution drifting into that province. Wall refused to do so , but can Motz promise us that if the NDP is elected in the next Saskatchewan election they won’t sue us? Oilmen have been stating for years that if we don’t do something our children are going to pay for our stupidity. Sticking your head in the sand and pretending it’s not a problem, like these phony conservatives, Reformers, are doing is not a solution. Peter Lougheed certainly knew it was going to be a problem.

    I will always consider myself to be a conservative and haven’t forgotten how Peter Lougheed urged the Klein and Stelmach governments to slow down the growth of the oil sands and get control of the pollution. The oil industries agreed and stated they were joining the Kyoto Accord and Ralph Klein and Stephen Harper jumped all over them and refused to allow them to do so. When Dr. David Swann stood with the oil industry stating that our pollution was causing health problem among Albertans Klein had him fired. That’s how these Reformers handled it.
    Now that the oil industry has finally found governments, Trudeau and Notley that are willing to help them try to something about it , once again they are attacked by these so-called conservatives that don’t care.

  2. tonio5 says:

    FuC, do some more research. BC’s emissions are up so that tax seems to be working well.

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