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Who’s Not Paying The BC Carbon Tax Today?

July 1, 2008

Today, most British Columbians, including myself, have to pay the BC Carbon Tax.  However, it seems that not everybody has to pay. Let’s have a look at some of the exemptions:

  • Cruise Ships
  • International Shipping/Cross-Border Trucking
  • Out of Province Flights
    .
    I suppose one could make an argument that a carbon taxes on these items might reduce BC’s
    competitiveness.
    .
  • Visiting Diplomats/Military Forces
  • Fuel used/delivered to First Nations Reserves
    .
    These exemptions are very understandable, as they affect areas that are not in the jurisdiction of the province.
    .
  • Fuel used to manufacture anodes in an electrolytic process for smelting aluminum
  • Fuel used as a reductant in the production of lead or zinc
  • Industrial processes in the cement and oil-and-gas sectors
    .
    Now, these exemptions strike me as a little… off. The aluminum smelting, lead/zinc smelting, oil & gas, and cement producing industries, which are some of the bigger polluters in BC, don’t have to pay the carbon tax while the average person and business does. Something seems a little unfair here.

I’ll end by relating this to the federal scene here: I wonder what kind of exemptions the Federal Liberals will put into their carbon tax if they somehow got into power?

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  1. mushroom
    July 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    What did you do with your $100.00 cheque from Gordon Campbell?

    This should set the precedent as to what you will do with Dion’s two per cent income tax cut and the home heating rebates.

  2. Northern BC Dipper
    July 1, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    What will I do with the $100 Gordo-bucks?

    Use it to pay the extra taxes on fuels, methinks.

    I’ll do the same thing with the Dion’s income tax cut, too.

  3. mushroom
    July 1, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Being a Grit, I will use the Dion income tax cut and get hammered with fellow bloggers Cherniak, Jedras etc.

    If they convince us that Canadians are better off, I guess I have to drink to this. You should too.

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