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Most don’t want provinces to spend money fighting carbon tax

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Re: “Kenney, Ford to spend $60-million on PR war against Trudeau’s carbon tax, and that ain’t right,” (The Hill Times, May 27, by Michael Harris, p. 4). Michael Harris is so right. A recent poll pointed out that most Canadians don’t want provinces to spend our money fighting federal carbon pricing—the so-called backstop, also known as the price on pollution. Most are, rightfully, scared about the climate crisis and want effective action. Most want action to stop burning fossil fuel. And most know from basic common sense that less will be used when the price is increased.

Most in the provinces and territories where the backstop applied will by now have received their climate incentive payment (line 449 on their tax return). It’s hard to believe these folks can be fooled into mistaking this for a tax grab. For those on lower incomes, with corresponding lower expenditure on everything, it’s the opposite—it’s another tax credit (like return of the GST) in this case funded by the price on pollution. Most of the funds come from the more profligate polluters.

Anyone who objects to paying the price on pollution has an obvious remedy—pollute less. But should you stubbornly insist on continuing to put more polluting greenhouse gases into our priceless sky, which definitely doesn’t need it, then God damn right, you’re going to pay.

John Stephenson

Etobicoke, Ont.

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