Canada Day Brings B.C. Automotive Cash Grab

Samir Syed
by Samir Syed
canada day brings b c automotive cash grab

Today marks Canada's 141st anniversary. CTV reports that British Columbia's motorists can now look forward to higher motoring costs. That's right, Premier Gordon Campbell's "carbon plan" goes into effect today, costing motorists an extra $0.024/L per fuel in carbon tax. According to Campbell, the plan is "revenue neutral;" any extra revenue will be offset by income tax cuts. The aim, of course, is to tax consumption rather than income, thereby providing an incentive to reduce fuel consumption. Obviously, some of the highest gas prices in the ten provinces (as B.C. has) were not enough. Despite assurance from Campbell, many British Columbians are weary. How can its provisions be enforced without earmarking funds and major transparency?

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  • Blowfish Blowfish on Jul 01, 2008

    Ya Uncle Gordie Mugabe Campbell's hot lne start ringing he answered the call is big Bobbie from Zimbabwe they exchanged congratulations "This tme there'll be enuf money to buy meself more Jimmy Beams, Jacky Daniels and Johnnie Walker. " Those BC ers are so F ing stoopd anyways. See in the land of the blind the one eyed man will be da King. Another year they'll have no opposition but to vote me in for another 5 yrs. Oh what a good life. Hey Bobbie come by here in 2 yrs to celebrate our Wnter Olympics. Ciao Brother!

  • CSJohnston CSJohnston on Jul 01, 2008

    As the old joke goes... How can you tell when a politician is lying? His/her lips are moving. Revenue Neutral... sure.

  • MikeInCanada MikeInCanada on Jul 01, 2008

    A little closer look at typical economic policies demonstrate little long term benefit for "the poor". However, they have shown to be quite effective at punishing the middle classes. On in Canada (Ok,Europe too, we tax and over regulate companies; driving them away and then lament the fact that there does not seem to be any 'good jobs' left.....

  • Andy D Andy D on Jul 01, 2008

    another doublespeak " revenue neutral" goes good with "aggressively conservative"