Pierre Poilievre might not be the smartest politician in Ottawa. He stumbles around without his glasses, probably walks into walls and tells his foolish followers to “Axe the Tax.” What he does not seem to understand is that this levy, that he wants to axe, is based on the most successful tax the federal government ever kept raising. It was the tax on cigarettes. And it worked.
Frankly, it was not pictures of tumours in the lung that did the job. I was well aware of the medical reasons not to smoke long before I stopped smoking.
But the constant increases in the price of a package of cigarettes certainly caught my attention. It was a long cycle. I remember when 20 cigarettes cost less than 50 cents. When the cost past 50 cents, I scoffed and said “so what,” and kept on puffing. When I saw a person pay over $10 for a pack of cigarettes recently, I was glad I had quit long before that.
And that is the reason, we are told that today, less than one Canadian in ten lights up. It puzzles me though that our aboriginals account for so much of the smoking that seems to be on their reservations.
But the point of this commentary is that this carbon tax which Mr. Poilievre spends so much time attacking is not even a tax but it is having an impact in terms of reduced greenhouse gasses. And most of the seniors I know welcome the Climate Action Incentive that goes into their bank account every quarter. It might not mean as much to younger recipients but it is going to continue to grow—unless that Mr. Poilievre wins his dream of becoming prime minister of Canada.
I guess it depends on his caucus having the testicular fortitude to force him to keep that Climate Action Incentive flowing into Canadians’ bank accounts.
I really do expect though that some of that money needs to be diverted to charging stations across Canada for electric vehicles. Until we see an easy drive anywhere in the country with adequate chargers, it will be hybrid cars getting the nod.
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