Liberal carbon tax to increase cost of living, make Canadians poorer
Fuel is the lifeblood of our economy. Every product we consume uses fuel somewhere throughout its life, whether through transportation or production.
That means there’s no way to increase fuel prices without increasing the price of everything else. As a result, higher fuel costs means the cost of living will go up.
Of course, that’s exactly what we can expect from the carbon tax.
While the Environment Minister still won’t tell Canadians how much the carbon tax will cost overall, some details on the impact on fuel costs have emerged.
According to a federal report, the tax will apply to all liquid fuels, including gasoline, aviation fuel, natural gas, diesel fuel, as well as solid fuels like coal.
By 2022, the tax will have risen from $10 a tonne, to $50 per tonne.
What will this mean for fuel prices?
Here are projected price increases per litre of fuel:
- Gasoline: 11.6 cents
- Diesel: 13.7 cents
- Aviation turbo fuel: 13 cents
- Aviation gasoline: 12.4 cents
And here are the increases per cubic metre for other fuels:
- Natural gas: 9.8
- Propane: 7.7
Coke and Coal will face increases of between $88.62 and $158.99 per tonne.
Federal officials expect these prices to be incorporated in the cost of products – which will feed into a general increase in prices.
While prices increase, Canadians will continue to see stagnant wage growth. Wage growth fell to its lowest level in over 20 years, and is already not keeping up with inflation. As a result, Canadians are getting poorer in real terms.
The rapidly increasing carbon tax will only make that worse, making many more Canadians poorer than would otherwise be the case.
One estimate of the yearly cost to households gives some idea of what Canadians would face. According to Jennifer Winter of PolicySchool.ca, the cost to households of the $50 a tonne carbon tax would range from a minimum of $603 in BC – who already has a carbon tax – to a maximum of $1,120 in Nova Scotia with other provinces in between.
Remember, this all assumes the government is being honest in their figures and in the implementation of the tax. We already know it’s not revenue neutral despite their promises, as the government is simply giving the money they take from us and handing it to provincial politicians to decide what to do with it. There’s no guarantee it will find its way back to the taxpayers.
As we can see from the numbers above, the carbon tax will have a real, and negative, impact of Canadians. By taxing fuel, the government is going to drive up the cost of everything, and all of us will literally pay the price.
That’s why it must be stopped.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth. That’s why I write.
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