Its hilarious that we want to believe that Harper would not bring in a carbon tax of some sort, even if the name is diffierent.Topspin wrote:You actually believe that a Carbon tax will reduce consumption? You still have to heat your house, drive to work, buy things that are trucked. It's a scam.v6g wrote: 3) Tax - despite paying a lot of it, I actually think I get relatively good value-for-money for my tax dollar and a tax-cut wouldn't be a vote-swayer for me. I'm in favour of the carbon tax as I strongly believe we need to reduce our usage of oil (although I don't particularly subscribe to any enviro-religion). I can't see any better way of encouraging reduction in oil consumption other than a revenue-neutral tax of usage. Increased fuel tax over the long term helps to ameliorate the economic pain of oil price fluctuations. Although there should be greater disparity between urban/suburban and rural areas in terms of price structures.
If he doesn't, then in ten years we will still be buying "our" oil... "Canadian" oil... from American, Chinese and Russian investors at THEIR prices... and buying our fossil-free energy (such as wind-turbines) from Denmark or somewhere like that... at THEIR prices. And our energy costs will REALLY be through the roof.
Even if the tax does NOT decrease consumption, it will provide a fund which Canada can use to target at creating a sustainable energy future. Otherwise, we simply use up the oil with no plan beyond, whatsoever.
Harper's policies are consistently short-term with absolutely no plan for the future...
But of course neither does Harper.... He pretends do, but rather than use the 2-cents of GST to build up a northern presence, he chose to return it to us so that we can drive up the price of beer and gas.Topspin wrote:I would question whether the liberals have the balls yes, but it is without question that the liberals under stephanie dianne willmost certainly not.v6g wrote:
4) Protecting/Claiming Canada's northern resources in the Arctic. There's a lot of opportunity up there, much of it is rightly ours. I'm not convinced the liberals have the balls to properly claim it.
He could have used that money for anything.... northern presence.... restoring our roads and bridges.... sprucing up our cities.... investing in clean energy... He has no ideas, so he did nothing.
Yes, if you want another penny in your pocket tomorrow, vote Harper.... You and your kids may remember your choice in ten years or so after our infrastructure is in shambles.
Conservatives make much of a carbon tax being bad for unity.... well, duh, of course Alberta's oil barons and their lobbyists in government are going to be angry.... but I am not so sure that the working single mother who is part of that Province's increasing-population-below-the-poverty-line will agree with them.