A local politician's effort to end a federal tax on B.C.'s carbon tax has come to naught. Vernon city councillor Bob Spiers launched a parliamentary e-petition, garnering 1,596 signatures from across the country between January and May, in a bid to get the matter before the House of Commons. And get there it did.
In other words, once the other provinces impose the carbon tax on sales of gasoline and home heating fuel, that will be taxed by Ottawa, too. In B.C. and Alberta alone, the federal government stands to raise as much as $280 million in GST revenue off provincial carbon taxes in the next two years, despite claims carbon taxes would be revenue neutral for Ottawa, according to a report. “The previous government didn't address it, and now all the provinces could be saddled with this carbon tax and the GST,” said Spiers.
Spiers said his last hope is in a private member's bill, which is expected to get second g when the Commons returns after the summer break, although he is doubtful that will pass.
Feds Won’t Drop GST On Carbon Tax
Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyre July 21, 2017 06:52 am
The federal government has rejected Vernon city councillor Bob Spiers’ attempt to drop the GST from the carbon tax.
|"Whatever model a province chooses,|
Trudeau said, it will be revenue neutral
for the federal government, with
any revenues generated
under the system staying
in the province or territory
where they are generated."
Spiers says he might start a campaign to dump the carbon tax on home heating fuel.“If it was removed from there, therefore the GST would also be removed on the federal level because there wouldn’t be any carbon tax on your bill when it came in from Fortis.” He admits that’s probably a pipe dream. Spiers says he thinks what’s really stupid is there’s a carbon tax on cremation. ” Talk about death and taxes.” North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold tabled the petition in the House of Commons on behalf of Spiers.