THE carbon tax also includes a tax upon a tax. Let’s not allow Trudeau or his environment minister to fool us. It is not 4.4 cents per litre of gasoline or diesel fuel, it is actually closer to five cents per litre when our HST consumption tax is added. That’s why our gasoline price here in Thunder Bay jumped from 135.9 to 140.9 cents per litre.

Even though the some cash will be returned to us by tax rebate, the added carbon tax and the HST will make money for both or provincial and federal governments. It will hurt the middle class most — mostly in food and commodity pricing because our purchases are delivered by transport.

I expect that the price at the pump will not hurt our politicians as much as the middle class. Most of these people are on the sunshine list and a majority of them likely travel at government’s expense.

Most Canadians know that Canada is on the global list of the top 10 carbon emitters and in the top five of carbon emitters per capita. This ranking is not expected to change soon because our adoption of a carbon tax.

Canada will continue to be a diverse nation with a small population spread out over many thousands and thousands of square miles. Unless all Canadians live within the confines of large cities with outstanding public transportation, we know and understand that the majority of Canadians drive to work, to shop, to take kids to hockey, to reach entertainment, to visit family and friends.

Canadians face a challenge. We all want to save our country from climate change. Our political leaders of the day have us brainwashed to believe that we as Canadians can fight climate change and save global warming by paying more at the pumps.

Can we really save the planet by tinkering with the price of gas? They say that B.C. has done it since 2008 and now brag about a 15 per cent reduction in carbon emission and showing an improved economy. However, the growth in B.C.’s economic performance cannot be tied to the price of gas at the pump. It takes into account many other things including population growth, commodity prices, strength of the U.S. and Asian economies, interest rates, as well as economic conditions in other parts of Canada.

A new climate change report now states that temperatures are rising twice as fast in Canada as the rest of the world and up to three times faster in the North. Canada’s weather patterns are global in nature. Canada’s 1.6 per cent contribution to the world’s greenhouse gas emissions may have contributed in a very minor fashion but have not caused this to happen.

Canada needs to impose its environmental efforts to save the world and Canada’s North onto our neighbour to the south plus request the rest of the world to join in. For our generation and that of our children, the damage is already done. Our latest pump prices alone will not to reduce emissions enough to matter, nor will it turn the warming trend around.

Peter Kresin

Thunder Bay

(Originally published April 13, 2019)

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