Axe The Carbon TaxinBritish Columbia

British Columbia

Despite losing the May 9, 2017 BC election - with 41 seats to the Liberals' 43 - NDP leader John Horgan became the premier of British Columbia.

On May 29, Horgan cut a deal with Green Party leader Andrew Weaver to support a coalition NDP-Green government in BC led by Horgan. With the Green Party's three seats, the NDP-Green alliance had 44 seats, a bare majority.

This allowed Horgan to introduce a no-confidence motion on June 28 that brought down the Liberal government led by Christy Clark. Upon Clark's resignation, the Lieutenant-Governor of BC, Judith Guichon, refused Clark's call for fresh elections and instead invited Horgan to form a government, which took office on July 18.

As a result, British Columbia has gone from bad to worse when it comes to the fight to "Axe the Carbon Tax."

BC, under the prior Liberal government, had already showed the rest of Canada that the promise of a "revenue neutral" carbon tax was a lie. Click here and here for our summary.

For all intents and purposes this marked "The death of the carbon tax revenue neutrality myth" as characterized by Peter Shawn Tayler in this article that appeared in the Hamilton Spectator.

Kris Sims, BC director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calls BC's carbon tax the "Trojan horse" of the carbon tax in Canada in this article.

Yet, premier Horgan has doubled down on BC's carbon tax plans.

In the September 2017 budget, Horgan committed to increasing the BC carbon tax by $5 a ton of CO2 per year starting in April 2018, well before Justin Trudeau's threat to impose a federal carbon tax on all the provinces, and confirmed that there would be no attempt to ensure any form of "revenue neutrality" of the BC carbon tax going forward. I guess we can give him a point for being honest.

This price hike was to add $1.22 a litre to the price of gas, yet shockingly, Horgan stated that he didn't think BC drivers (who already have the highest gas rates in all of Canada) would "begrudge" the carbon tax increase at the pump. Click here for the report.

The rationale for the BC government increasing its carbon tax was based on the admission that BC was not on target to meet its own emissions reduction targets (80 per cent below 2007 levels by 2050) despite having a carbon tax since 2008, and despite its carbon tax being set at $30 a ton since 2012.

Despite record gas prices in BC, on July 19, 2018 at the summer meeting of Canada's premiers, Horgan ridiculously stated that the "sky has not fallen" and that there were no "negative impacts" as a result of BC's carbon tax.

Nowhere in the world is there a better example of how a carbon tax only punishes taxpayers and does nothing for the environment than in British Columbia.