The former premier of the Yukon, Yukon Party Leader Darrell Pasloski, was a carbon tax fighter. He knew that putting a price on carbon would raise the cost of everything in his territory, including food, clothing, and gas.
Unfortunately for working people in the Yukon, Pasloski is no longer premier, having been replaced by Liberal leader and new premier Sandy Silver.
Silver is not fighting for the taxpayer or territorial jurisdiction, instead conceding ground to Justin Trudeau and repeatedly stating that a carbon tax is inevitable. Instead, he has mused about finding ways to return the money generated from the carbon tax by the Yukon government to corporations. So in the Yukon, under a Sandy Silver premiership, individual working people will pay for a carbon tax and selected corporations will benefit!
The Yukon Chamber of Mines has implored Trudeau's Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to abandon the carbon tax on the mining industry in the Yukon. In a letter sent to McKenna, they say a carbon tax will hurt placer miners, exploration companies, hard rock mining operations, and prospectors stating that the private sector in the Yukon would be left in a precarious position. Click here to read the news report.
This resulted in the Yukon government announcing that the Trudeau government had agreed to a rebate for all taxes paid by the placer mining industry in the territory. In addition, it was announced that the Yukon government would exempt the aviation industry from any carbon tax. Click here to read more.
How a nationally imposed carbon tax by Justin Trudeau can provide for exemptions for some of Canada's provinces or territories but not for others is anyone's guess. Only time will tell.
One thing is clear though, individuals taxpayers in the Yukon won't be exempt from the Trudeau carbon tax grab.
The Yukon government projects to bring in $26 million in revenue from a carbon tax by 2022 - more than 15% of revenue currently generated by the Yukon government from their taxpayers. It is projected to cost Yukon taxpayers on average over $750 by 2022. Click here to read more.