Ottawa’s polls on federal carbon tax give edge to Trudeau

Ottawa’s unpublished internal polls on federal carbon tax give edge to Trudeau

EXCERPT: Internal polling prepared for the Privy Council Office shows that the carbon tax-and-rebate program the Trudeau Liberals will impose on four provinces beginning in April is not necessarily as popular as the Liberals believe it to be, but it also doesn’t appear to be as unpopular as Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives are counting on.

The raw polling data [...] shows sharp regional differences in attitudes when it comes to the carbon tax and other environment and energy issues. [...] though there are different attitudes on energy and environment issues across different segments of Canada’s population, the internal polling shows that, as of early November at least, environment and climate change was, in fact, one of the top issues in the minds of respondents. All respondents, for example, were asked to name the number one priority for the federal government. Respondents were not given a list of topics but were, in fact, asked to say whatever was on their mind.

For female respondents, the most common top priorities identified were ‘environment and climate change’ and ‘health care’ [...] Among male respondents, 20 per cent identified ‘economy’ as the most important priority for the federal government [...] followed by ‘environment and climate change’ [...] and then ‘debt / deficit / taxes / cost of living’....

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No Trans Mountain, no payment: Alberta rancher refuses to pay carbon tax portion of heating bill

EXCERPT: A woman who runs a ranch with her husband west of Calgary is refusing to pay the carbon tax, arguing the province should remove the tax after repeated setbacks to expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline.

In a tersely worded letter [...] Sheila Griffith explains that she won’t be paying the $101.90 carbon tax portion of her heating bill, addressing both Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about their failure to get more Alberta oil to tidewater. “You made a deal to put the carbon tax in Alberta in exchange for the Trans Mountain pipeline going ahead,” Griffith writes to Notley. “The pipeline has been stalled to the point it may never be a go. Why haven’t you rescinded the carbon tax until the pipeline goes ahead? And please don’t tell me about your other alternatives like rail which are physically impossible given the amount of oil that needs to be moved — do the math.”

Griffith [...] also addresses Trudeau in the letter. “You spent my tax dollars buying that non-existent line and so I personally beseech you to do whatever it takes to get the line finished so it can be sold and get our money back,” she wrote. “Once the line is in and operating, oil prices will increase and people in Alberta will be working again.”

Alberta’s struggling economy has had huge effects on farm and ranch operations, Griffith told Postmedia, saying prices for feed have skyrocketed in the past year while prices for beef have come down. “My colleagues and I are always talking about this and people are very frustrated. We can’t wait for a new government to fix this. So, for now, I won’t be paying carbon tax. It’s something I can do personally to take a stand.”

But officials with the Alberta government have argued carbon tax dollars allow the province to invest in green initiatives that also work to diversify the economy....



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