Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal Liberal authorities will set up a “flooring value” on carbon air pollution of $10 a tonne in 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022.

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The Trudeau authorities and the co-operating provinces, together with B.C., suggest to gather about $Three billion in carbon taxes subsequent yr. This $3-billion drag on Canadian trade may have zero influence on international local weather change.


Canada’s whole influence on local weather change is at most 1.6 per cent of the whole change brought on by human exercise. That 1.6-per-cent estimate is predicated on our share of CO2 emissions. The precise influence of our emissions is probably going a lot much less as a result of they’re unfold over such a big nation. The highest six emitters are China, the U.S., India, the European Union, Russia and Japan. Collectively, they account for 60 per cent of world CO2 emissions.

Even when we taxed carbon at 10 instances the proposed price, it might influence the worldwide state of affairs by lower than one per cent.

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Canada must admit that though local weather change is actual and it’s affecting us all, we will do nothing to cease it. Our governments could be way more efficient if they might put their efforts into mitigating the consequences of local weather change — issues like limiting constructing on floodplains, constructing dykes and levees to guard present floodplain growth, and offering faster and more practical wildfire safety.

Taxing carbon could appear politically appropriate, however it would haven’t any impact on the issue.

David Nielsen, Langley

Give us federal carbon tax

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “taketh away and giveth again” carbon tax, the B.C. authorities ought to cancel its carbon tax and let Ottawa impose theirs. That means British Columbians ought to obtain a rebate of almost $598, equal to what Saskatchewan residents are informed to anticipate.

Gerald Baskett, Coquitlam

Extra pipelines wanted

The curtailment of fuel provide to companies and the specter of discount to tons of of hundreds of Decrease Mainland clients because of the pipeline rupture in northern B.C. reveals the necessity for a redundancy within the provide routes and sources of fuel provide for the well-being of British Columbians.

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As an alternative of spending time and power on the curtailment of fossil fuels and carbon taxes to pressure this coverage, we should always embark on initiatives, on an pressing foundation, to supply redundant dependable sources of fuel provide.

Jiti Khanna, Vancouver

Police ought to crack down

The brand new ICBC charges for dangerous drivers took impact Thursday. Whereas there have been many feedback about us “older” drivers being the worst, it might be very fascinating for the Insurance coverage Company of B.C. to supply a comparability of the age teams presently being listed because the worst drivers.

It’s superb to see the youthful individuals — 20 to 35 years outdated — who pace previous me whereas I’m going a little bit over the pace restrict, and so lots of them are utilizing their cellphones, placing on make-up or in any other case being distracted. Whenever you get to the HOV lanes on Freeway 1, you may’t hold depend of what number of single drivers are utilizing that lane.

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It’s time to beef up the freeway patrol and nail these offenders.

Tom Duncan, Chilliwack

Banking information ought to keep non-public

Appears the Trudeau authorities has allowed Statistics Canada to gather our private banking data. It’s referred to as “private” as a result of how we spend what few {dollars} we have now left after paying our taxes is our private enterprise. It’s nobody else’s enterprise.

We’re a democracy, not a communist state, the final time I checked. Canadians want to inform the federal authorities and StatsCan to butt out.

Barbara Moxin, Campbell River

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