Stephen Harper was in the press today responding to solid Liberal policy proposals with empty and inflammatory rhetoric. The Liberals have proposed shifting taxes from income to carbon. Harper’s response? It will "screw everybody" and "recklessly harm the economy." It will turn Saskatchewan back in to a "have-not" province!
Did we just enter the twilight zone? Has Harper been smoking a special Karl Rove brand of the sweet herb?
Shifting taxes from income to consumption is bad for the economy? Shifting taxes to consumption of resources that are steadily becoming more scarce is a bad thing? No Stephen, you are right lets keep our entire economy completely dependent oil and natural gas that way we can all pay more and more each year to the non-renewable energy companies and get nothing back for it.
The Liberal plan will have the cost of diesel go up 11 cents a litre in 4 years. 11….cents….a….litre. Horror of horrors it will bankrupt us all! Funny I thought we just saw the price diesel go up oh about 4 times that in the last year. Are we getting any of that back as a tax break? Actually in Alberta and Saskatchewan we are but most of Canada is pretty much screwed. Harper’s National Energy UnProgram is perfectly designed to continue siphoning oil revenue from most of Canada and pump it in to the provinces that pull it out of the ground.
Raising taxes on carbon will push down demand and provide an incentive to live more efficiently. A carbon tax might be tough medicine but in the end it will help cure the disease. If it motivates someone to switch from an SUV to a car they will be ahead. If it motivates someone to upgrade their furnace and add insulation, they will be ahead. It will provide more incentive to build houses to better standards their owners will be ahead. Canada is a cold country and the longer we wait to shift towards conservation and efficiency the harder it will be.
I’m so disappointed with the obviously disingenuous rhetoric coming out of the Conservative party. How else can you say that a plan to cut taxes isn’t really a plan to cut taxes? Does he really believe that Liberals are incapable of cutting taxes?
The end of the oil and gas economy is now on the horizon. Shall we wait until escalating energy prices kill our economy and make it that much more difficult to transition?