Will Prime Minister Dion Back a Carbon Tax?

First, congratulations to Stephan Dion, Jack Layton and all Liberals, New Democrats and Canadians that fought for this coalition. As I have written I am in favor of a progressive coalition.

Now that we will have a government representing the majority Canadians and working for all Canadians, the question is, will Dion keep his promise of a carbon tax?

Jack Layton and the NDP as well as the oil industry Conservatives were against this tax, but for different reasons. Harper was doing the bidding of the oil industry and Albertans, while the NDP had worries about the economic impact on low income Canadians who don’t pay enough tax to see any money back from a reduced income tax.

What many in the NDP do not realize is that the NDP policies regarding improvements to our social safety network and a “living wage” cancel out these concerns. The rationale is that while a tax on carbon emissions increases prices for energy and any transported product, the dramatic savings in income tax, regional adjustments for high energy use areas, and an increase in the minimum wage, as well as all forms of social assistance will counteract the price increases. Then the carbon tax will function as planned, rewarding people in each region of the country with lower than average greenhouse gas emissions with more money, while making people who pollute more than average pay a bit more every year.

UPDATE: I found this piece on a carbon tax that’s short and worth a read.  Turns out, a tax on carbon doesn’t ruin the economy.

Will the NDP continue their assault on a tax on carbon?

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6 responses to “Will Prime Minister Dion Back a Carbon Tax?

  1. You are a fucking moron, you retard.

  2. thequantumbuddha

    Wow, great points. How long did you have to go to school to learn that and what will you do when you get to highschool? http://www.wernerpatels.com/2008/12/crooks-scoundre.html#comment-6a00e5527ae9ad88340105363025c1970c

  3. DysfunctionalParrot

    Wow, supporting a political coup. You are indeed a shockingly uninformed individual.

    But hey, as long as “your guys” get in, it’s worth selling your soul, right?

  4. thequantumbuddha

    44% voted for the Liberal and NDP policies. 38% voted for George Bush’s policies. How is this a “coup”?

    When the Bloc has supported “your guys” I didn’t hear you call it a coup. When the Liberals voted to keep your government, it wasn’t a coup…

  5. Nice article Dan.

    Disappointed with many of the commentators though. They’re either very passionate or very uneducated.

    There’s nothing wrong with having a coalition government rule the country, especially when 62% of Canadians voted for those 3 parties in last election! What is wrong is having conservatives, with mere 38% form a government.

  6. thequantumbuddha

    The Conservatives are attacking the Carbon Tax on CPAC.

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