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  • Writer's pictureWayne Drury

Who pays for Trudeau´s Climate Plan?

The Liberal government wants us to believe it is big industry and they are helping the “little person” by handing out rebates. What is the truth? Let’s discuss this, as it is the Facts that Matter.

Prime Minister Trudeau is aggressive in stating that climate change polluters will be the ones to pay. That means all of us because everyone pays from the bottom to the top.

Does anyone think that business does not pass their costs on to us? The “us” is you and I, who buy products and services daily in Canada. Look at the negative impact of the carbon tax. The food industry has raised its prices to cover its additional costs. That is just a normal process of doing business. Either they cover their costs by including them in their calculations or go broke.

Please do not misconstrue my intention. I do not support what the food industry has done to increase its profits by more than 40%. This is an issue that was covered in a previous blog. Food costs have risen far above what they should have all because the food industry has used us as their pawns and excuses to gaslight us.

Whenever Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his climate change policies “make the polluters pay,” he really means that he’s making us all pay.

What is the Issue?

Who pays, and what does the government do to help us understand who pays?

The answer is quite simple: we all pay, whether it is a gas tax or any tax. And the government does a terrible job of helping us understand this. They do nothing to help us understand and do everything in their power to help us forget this.

Unfortunately, what I see coming down the path is the Liberal government leaving all of us a debt legacy that will quickly sink a Conservative government. An estimate suggests our GDP will be reduced by $9,000 annually per person in Canada, which is not good news as we continue to face billions of dollars in interest debt.

Covering all of this is Charles DeLand, associate director of research at the C. D. Howe Institute, who points out in Time to Come Clean on Going Green who pays. I highly recommend everyone read this.

What Does the Liberal Government say that is Not True?

The Liberal Government suggests under its gas tax rebate program, 80% of Canadians will be better off.

That is not true.

The independent Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has stated that 60% of Canadian households are not better off and will not be better off. The PBO also suggests the negative impact on Canadian families will increase as the Liberal government carbon tax heads to $170 per tonne in 2030.

Just consider where you are today in trying to meet your family's needs and where you will be in 2030, in just seven short years, with an increase coming in the carbon tax of 261%. How are we all going to “heat and eat.”

Just under two million people in Canada faced food insecurity a couple of years ago. Today, that number is getting close to hitting six million. How can any government implement policies and actions that negatively impact 15% of its citizens?

Just think of the negative impact when the carbon tax goes from $65 per tonne to $170 in 2030.

What Must the Government Do?

The first is not to deal with us as if we are dummies. We can handle and want the truth. Be truthful, open, honest, and transparent.

The second is to address climate change in a manner that we can afford. We cannot afford what is now happening. An example is the impact of climate change measures on the number of people in Canada who now face food insecurity – an increase of 300% in just two years. Consider where this will reach in 2030 as the carbon tax increases by 261%.

We are all in big trouble with the way the Liberal government is addressing climate change, and there is a much better way without the social and economic consequences that are now being imposed upon us.

Best wishes from all of us at The Facts Matter...

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