Now that the carbon tax in BC has been around long enough we are finding out what a failure it really is, but of course I knew that right off the bat. Many here on the forum who trust government and their taxes liked it. Before starting I do realize we need taxes for health care and roads and so on but this tax is not for this and meant to cut emissions. We already have a air care program and that is the one that has taken the gas guzzlers and poorly maintained cars off the road even though I don't like it either but it really has worked.
First off the NDP love the carbon tax along with the Liberals so you know this can't be good and the Conservatives have claimed to scrap it in their provincial election platform so that is where my vote will probably go next provincial election.
Second when BC elected to tax energy consumption to finance income tax rates, tax burden was shifted from high income persons and corporations to government agencies, schools, hospitals and not-for-profit entities (who never paid income taxes but always paid all energy taxes). So BC has had to increase fees and taxes to cover this new cost of delivering public service. As usual anything the NDP likes when it comes to taxes somehow hits the poor or public sector hardest in the end. This goes in the face of all that the carbon idiots seem to cherish.
Thirdly many poor people are forced to find homes they can afford farther from the city forcing them to drive farther and pay a very high carbon tax.
Fourth BC's finance department is banking on GHG emissions jumping from 37.4 MM TCO2e in 2009/10 to 42.0 MM TCO2e in 2013/14
Fifth US airports and cross border shopping is becoming big business from people in the Lower Mainland and the Carbon Tax is a huge bonus to Washington State as it gives people another good reason to shop in the US.
So as I fully expected and most on the forum didn't, that a carbon tax would be very bad thing and wouldn't help anyone except maybe the rich and that it now gives governments especially the NDP something to play with to tax and fee the crap out of us. NDP will simply forget the revenue neutral thing and in a sly way put the screws to us as governments will. You guys in Ontario seem to like the Carbon Tax idea so could you please take it from us and thank you in advance.