The Liberals are no doubt patting themselves on the back that a majority of Supreme Court of Canada justices have given them the green light to force a carbon tax on provinces that are against it.
The Premiers of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan fought the feds for their right to do as they see fit with the issue, but the courts didn’t oblige.
Those three premiers — Ford, Kenney and Moe — have all been pretty vocal about the issue. Ford in particular campaigned aggressively against the tax and scored a majority mandate victory after doing so.
Yet this doesn’t stop enablers of the carbon tax from arguing that Canadians in fact love the idea of paying a sin tax in the name of the environment.
It’s true to some degree. Polls in the past have revealed that many Canadians are indeed willing to tolerate the tax. The rebates the feds have offered no doubt helped them form their opinion.
But it all depends on how the question is asked. And one new poll has found that if you ask Canadians if they support what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is actually planning to do with the carbon tax the majority suddenly opposes it.
SecondStreet.org, a new Canadian think-tank, commissioned a poll on this very issue. Working with pollster Leger, here’s the question they put to respondents:
“The federal government is proposing to increase Canada’s carbon tax on gasoline, natural gas, diesel and other petroleum products every year for the next nine years as part of their plan to address climate change. Which statement best represents your view?”
They then asked whether people supported raising the carbon tax yearly for the next nine years or opposed it.
Now, let’s first pause here. Some people may be asking if that is even true, that the tax is consistently going up for almost a decade. It is true!
Late last year, the feds announced that the carbon tax would rise slowly from $30 per ton to $170 per ton by 2030. It’s quite something.
A majority of respondents — 52% — said they were against this, with only 32% in support. (The rest said “don’t know.”)
Carbon taxes are feel-good polices that are supported in theory, but not once you break down the details.