Poor gov­er­nance ham­pers econ­omy

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

What is the goal of our car­bon tax? Is it to drive a cleaner en­vi­ron­ment by re­duc­ing us­age?

If that is it, and higher cost of fos­sil fu­els drives lower us­age ei­ther by re­duced con­sump­tion or chang­ing to other sources, then it is good gov­er­nance. But, as the head of En­cana says, their cost of drilling a nat­u­ral gas well is in­creased by over $100,000 due to the car­bon tax on diesel used in the drilling process.

This car­bon tax is not driv­ing lower us­age. This is bad gov­er­nance.

Western Canada has a re­source-based econ­omy, and we are pro­duc­ing fos­sil fu­els to feed the global mar­ket. It is the us­age that should be tar­geted, not the pro­duc­tion of a prod­uct which has in­creas­ing global de­mand.

The peo­ple who gov­ern our coun­try need to pro­vide good gov­er­nance. That is what they are elected to do. We will wake up some­day, but in the mean­time, we are do­ing great harm to our econ­omy by im­ple­ment­ing poor gov­er­nance.

Greg Ur­ton, Cal­gary

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