Rebate cheques from the federal government’s carbon tax, are not something that is going to change the minds of how many feel on the idea, at least in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is one of those groups not impressed with Tuesday’s announcement from the Prime Minister.
Justin Trudeau said that his government will return 90 percent of all the money it collects from a carbon price directly to Canadians in non-complying provinces in the form of “rebate cheques”.
The remaining ten percent will go to small and medium sized businesses, schools, hospitals, and other organizations who can’t pass on their costs from the carbon tax directly to consumers.
CTF Prairie Director Todd MacKay said Trudeau should at least wait to hear what the outcome of Saskatchewan’s court challenge is, before moving ahead with the carbon pricing plan.
“It’s just absolutely incompetent for Ottawa to impose a tax with all kinds of costs for folks in Saskatchewan when there’s a really clear possibility that the courts might strike this down,” MacKay said. “It’s unfair and wrong, why not at least wait for the courts to work this out,” MacKay added.
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MacKay said a promised rebate for people of non-complying provinces is simply the Liberals trying to buy votes with tax money ahead of the 2019 election.
“Prime Minister Trudeau is trying to buy Saskatchewanians votes with our own money, and even worse he’s trying to tell us that we’re going to get more money back because or neighbors are going to get hit with a higher price when they’re filling up their skid-steer or truck or whatever with diesel, that’s really unfair,” MacKay said.
The federal carbon tax will be implemented next April and add 4.5 cents a litre to gas, 3.9 cents a meter for natural gas, and 3.1 cents a litre for propane.
In return, the average family can expect a federal check of about 600 dollars a year.