The carbon tax will be implemented July 1, regardless of northern municipal leaders’ objections.
Delegates at the North Central Municipalities Association convention voted almost unanimously, only one dissenting vote, to accept seven recommendations regarding the carbon tax. The tax equals $10 per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions in the first year and will ramp up $5 per tonne until it reaches $30 per tonne in 2012. In 2008, that will mean approximately you will pay 2.41 cents per litre of gasoline in 2008 and 7.24 cents by 2012. Tax breaks will be offered in an attempt to make the tax revenue neutral.
The resolutions called for Victoria to “level the playing field” by eliminating reducing the carbon tax in areas where residents cannot make choices about their fuel consumption or by providing those residences and businesses with new income tax exemptions to compensate for the disproportionately higher carbon taxes paid in those regions.
Convention delegates also endorsed a resolution calling on Victoria to defer the imposition of the carbon tax until “such time as an equitable application of the tax can be developed.”
Delegates also passed a resolution to “create the conditions for a fair application of this tax throughout B.C.; provide northern communities with alternative options to assist with the provincial climate change program; and mitigate the impact of this tax on the northern communities and economy.”
A resolution calling for the association to “lobby the minister of finance and minister of tourism, sport, and the arts, to consider an exemption from the carbon tax levy on all fossil fuels for those British Columbians living in northern B.C. as a geographic indicator of our specific circumstances and requirements.”
Premier Gordon Campbell said the carbon tax will go ahead as planned on July 1.