Cana­dian Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion cor­rects the record: B.C. CO2 emis­sions are ris­ing

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - CANA­DIAN TAX­PAY­ERS FED­ER­A­TION

Ap­pear­ing be­fore the Saskatchew­an Court of Ap­peal as part of the Saskatchew­an gov­ern­ment’s con­sti­tu­tional chal­lenge to the Trudeau car­bon tax, fed­eral gov­ern­ment lawyers on Thurs­day at­tacked the Cana­dian Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion’s court sub­mis­sion that car­bon diox­ide emis­sions have con­tin­ued to rise in Bri­tish Columbia even though Bri­tish Columbians al­ready pay the high­est car­bon taxes in Canada.

“It is not a mat­ter of opin­ion, it is a fact: de­spite hav­ing the high­est car­bon tax in Canada, CO2 emis­sions in Bri­tish Columbia are ris­ing, not fall­ing,” said Todd Mackay, Prairie Direc­tor of the Cana­dian Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion.

The most re­cent data avail­able from the B.C. gov­ern­ment, shows that for the sec­ond year in a row, CO2 emis­sions in the prov­ince have risen, from 61.3 mil­lion tonnes in 2015 to 62.3 mil­lion tonnes in 2016. This rep­re­sents an in­crease of 1.5 per cent, and the fifth in­crease in the last six years to 2016.

Last year, the Sierra Club ob­served that B.C.’S CO2 emis­sions were in­creas­ing and called B.C.’S high­est car­bon tax in Canada a “to­ken ef­fort.” B.C. cur­rently has the high­est car­bon tax in Canada at $35 per tonne, set to rise to $40 per tonne later this year.

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