National Grassroots Anti-Carbon Tax group claims first victory in Manitoba fight
A new grassroots national anti-carbon tax group - Axe the Carbon Tax - is claiming its first political victory in its fight against the proposed Manitoba carbon tax.
Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox made a surprise announcement today that the Manitoba government was extending the consultation period on her “Made-in-Manitoba” carbon tax from 2 to 4 weeks. Cox revealed that nearly 5,000 responses have thus far been received over the past two weeks in the government’s online carbon tax survey.
According to Jim Karahalios, president of Axe the Carbon Tax, “Over the past week, Axe the Carbon Tax has made over 50,000 Manitobans aware of the Pallister government’s online Carbon Tax survey, and we know from our website that we have directed over 5,300 Manitobans to the website of the online survey.”
Karahalios added: “It’s a fair bet that the vast majority of the 5,000 or so responses to the government survey have told the government to ‘Axe the Carbon Tax.’ ”
“Imagine Pallister and Cox’s embarrassment if the survey ended this Sunday as scheduled and the vast majority of respondents were against the carbon tax!”
The ‘Axe the Carbon Tax’ president admits that he was, at first, taken aback at the government’s extension of the survey period, but that, on reflection, the extension makes sense.
“Basically, the Pallister government has given itself an extension, buying itself time to allow carbon tax supporters to launch their own pro-carbon tax campaign,” said Karahalios.
Karahalios promised to continue to promote the survey to Manitobans who oppose the carbon tax.
“At least the Pallister government has set up a mechanism for people to have their say – I will give them credit for that,” said Karahalios.
“Now it is up to Manitobans to use this survey to tell the government to ‘Axe the Carbon Tax’ before it is even introduced.”
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Jim Karahalios, Axe the Carbon Tax