Car­bon tax must be stopped

The Daily Courier - - OPINION -

Dear Ed­i­tor: In the near fu­ture, the Cana­dian peo­ple will be faced with pay­ing a fed­er­al­ly­im­posed car­bon tax.

At the risk of of­fend­ing all en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, this tax is not based on sci­ence, but on emo­tion. Canada con­trib­utes only 1.6 per cent of the global car­bon emis­sions and the vast forests that Canada has con­sumes enough car­bon diox­ide to more than off­set these car­bon emis­sions.

This means Canada is re­ally a neu­tral con­trib­u­tor. This is never men­tioned, but it cer­tainly makes Justin Trudeau look good on the in­ter­na­tional stage. This tax must be stopped as it only takes dis­pos­able in­come out of the pock­ets of Cana­di­ans.

Our pro­vin­cial NDP gov­ern­ment is now propos­ing leg­is­la­tion man­dat­ing us to pur­chase elec­tric cars. There is in­suf­fi­cient power gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date such a plan. This bill is sur­pris­ing given all the ob­jec­tions to new power plants. Where are the fi­nan­cial sub­si­dies com­ing from to pur­chase elec­tric cars? Again, from the tax­pay­ers’ pock­ets.

We cer­tainly need to ques­tion the wis­dom of our pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments as they seem to be self­serv­ing. Rudie Harder Kelowna

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