By Lethbridge Herald on October 26, 2018.
The word “politics” is a compound word that accurately describes the people in it. “Poly” means many and “tics” are blood sucking creatures. This definition is humorous but bears some resemblance to what is going on with the carbon tax discussions.
So many people are saying the carbon tax is a good thing, but I wonder who is it really “good” for? Everyone in each province pays into a fund that is to be used for what, exactly? Now, the current federal government is announcing a rebate program for those collected “taxes.”
According to the Clean Prosperity Institute, “if all the revenues from a carbon price are returned to individuals through rebates, households will actually get back more than they pay out.” How can such a possibility exist, in real life?
I pay into a fund that some government person gets paid to oversee. Someone gets paid to calculate how much we need to pay into it. Someone gets paid to calculate how much we should be paid back. Someone gets paid to print the cheques. Someone gets paid to stuff the envelopes. Someone gets paid to deliver the cheques. And after all that, we still get back more than we paid into the fund?
It was also announced by Prime Minister Trudeau that every penny of the tax collected will be rebated. So what is the purpose of the tax, if it is all going back into our wallets? Something smells here, and it’s not the fish. Either he’s lying, or he just doesn’t know what he is talking about.
I propose we cut out all the bureaucracy in the middle and scrap the tax entirely. I keep what I would have paid and my wallet does not get smaller while some bureaucrat’s wallet gets fatter. Maybe, if there was a tax on all the hot air, or CO2, coming out of Ottawa we could do something productive with those funds?