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Canadian Carbon Tax Proposal Getting Lackluster Reception

1 min readBy: Joseph Bishop-Henchman

We’ve written a few times recently (here and here) about Canadian Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion’s plan for a carbon taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. , and the lackluster reception it is receiving. Dion has been trying to emphasize that the carbon taxA carbon tax is levied on the carbon content of fossil fuels. The term can also refer to taxing other types of greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane. A carbon tax puts a price on those emissions to encourage consumers, businesses, and governments to produce less of them. will include redistributing tax cuts on other things, to little avail.

Over at Filibuster Cartoons, Canadian cartoonist J.J. McCullough offers this take, writing:

Liberal leader Stephane Dion has staked a great deal of his political future on a proposed Carbon Tax, which, should he be elected Prime Minister, will tax all gasoline purchases made in Canada.

Dion wants the tax to be “revenue neutral,” which is to say it won’t actually bring any more money into the government, because he’ll accompany it with tax cuts in other areas. So it’s really more of a punishment tax than anything else.

The Liberals say it will do wonderful things in the long run, namely get people to drive less and invest more in green energy. But to many people, a tax is a tax, and promising more of them is never a great way to get elected.

McCullough’s cartoon:

More on gasoline and energy taxes here and here.