In week in which it is reported that the poorest Canadians are doing significantly worse then 25 years ago, the Liberal party all but announces its plan to introduce another regressive tax and compensate Canadians by cutting income taxes. Never mind the fact that the poorest Canadians do not pay much in way of income tax as it is, they are in worst position to actually take action to lesser their carbon footprint. Renters, apartment owners and condo owners are not free to undertake home renovations just like that or at all. And those low income earners that do own house are not well positioned finically to undertake major home renovations. Needless to say, low income earners are the most likely to live in the oldest least efficiently heated and cooled dwellings.
Leaving aside the fairness of such a tax shift, why on earth does the brain trust believe a carbon tax with the occupying slogan “Heating bills from hell are on the way” will propel Dion to victory? Sure this is going to boast the Liberals chances in Vancouver. Vancouverites do not use air conditioners and it is just not that cold in winters. Tax cut for me yippie. In other areas of the country it will not be popular and in many it will be greeted with a shrug. The Liberals need to offer Canadians a lot more than a complicated tax shifting plan. Its very complexity will highlight Dion’s major weakness, viz., his inability to effectively communicate. How about some meat and potatoes guys such that the following lament to not take hold? The Liberal party of Canada screwing the poor since 1994.