Poor governance hampers economy
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