The Liberal Carbon Scheme 

March 1st, 2015 | K. McGregor 


Some time ago I saw an Insightrix poll that said about 65% of Canadians think climate change is happening because of both human and natural causes. This is probably where I would fit in, though more to the natural side of the poll. Lets face it, the climate has been changing for millions of years and it's not going to stop just because of what us humans do. Regardless of whether climate change is man-made or just cycles being driven by predictable changes in the Earth's orbit or caused by the sun, I don't understand Trudeau's persistence on pushing for a carbon tax when Canada only produces 1.47% (CDIAC) of the world's CO2 emissions. Trudeau is making out like Canadians are monsters if we don't agree with his environmental tax on carbon, which he plans to introduce if he is given a chance in the 2015 election.

Again, I'm not arguing about whether the climate is changing or not, my concern is: do we need a CO2 tax? Since Trudeau's carbon scheme will pretty much target Alberta and Saskatchewan's oil and gas, and the transportation industry in which oil and gas account for 22% of Canada's emissions. Since, transportation accounts for 24% (including passenger, freight, and off-road emissions), it would seem obvious these are the areas that will be most affected. These are the largest contributors to Canada‚Äôs greenhouse gas emissions, representing 46% of Canada's overall greenhouse gases. Out of the 22% for oil/gas, the Oil Sands account for 8.7% of Canada's GHG emissions, but only 0.13% of the global total. Any tax is going to be a heavy price for these 2 provinces for such a minor amount of total world carbon produced. Considering the huge benefit Alberta has made to Canada's have-not provinces in transfer payments the past many years, I think the Liberals should back off and give a little slack. Trudeau and his cohort, Butts, seem to be obsessed with making Canada a carbon free country at any cost.

Another concern is, I don't think Canada's carbon record is all that bad. Back in the days when Paul Martin was PM, the carbon emission's were something like 728MT. Today, under PM Harper, it is around 692MT as of the last estimates. It's still not close to the Kyoto target of 612MT promised for 2020, but at least it is proceeding in the right direction, despite prediction of the opposite. It's clearly not the disaster it's made out to be by Trudeau and his Liberals.

Trudeau's plan is to let the provinces administer a standard national environmental plan similar to the way the national health care policy is today. Seeing first hand the abysmal state of our health care system, I doubt adding the same type of plan to collect a CO2 tax is going to be efficient in Canada. I can't help but wonder if the first batch of tax Trudeau collects isn't just an environmental tax grab that will be shuffled off to Ontario to pay down its ballooning debt. I doubt we'll ever know what the tax is really used for.

Energy consumption is going to continue growing worldwide. Canada can be a big player if all governments get on board and make the right decisions. Canada has the best environmental laws and record in the world, yet we're being hobbled by left-wing idealists like Trudeau and Butts. The Oil industry benefits all Canadians, so I would think that all Canadians should support it.