Fraser Institute News Release: Ottawa’S Carbon Tax—Fix It Or Scrap It: Duelling Essays Make The Case For And Against

(MENAFN- GlobeNewsWire - Nasdaq) VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the federal carbon tax set to rise from $65 to $80 per tonne on April 1, two new essays-published today by the Fraser Institute-make two opposing arguments, to retain the tax (after fixing it) and to scrap the tax.

According to the first essay, Reforming the Federal Government's Carbon Tax Plan , the government should reform the tax to mitigate its negative economic impacts so the tax simply replaces-and doesn't add to-other government regulations and mandates meant to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Also, the carbon tax should be“revenue neutral”-that is, the tax should generate no new net revenue for the government. Currently, only 90 per cent of carbon tax revenue is rebated to taxpayers.

“If implemented correctly, a carbon tax can be the most economically efficient way to reduce GHG emissions, so fixing Ottawa's carbon tax is preferable to other, more costly measures such as increased regulations and subsidies,” said Ross McKitrick, senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and essay co-author.

According to the second essay, Carbon Tax Is Beyond Redemption , the federal government should eliminate the carbon tax because real-world examples show that governments both in Canada and Europe have failed to implement sound, well-designed carbon taxes. Most are not revenue neutral, not imposed uniformly among industries, and remain layered on top of other costly regulations and mandates, negating the theoretical benefits of the tax.

“The lessons from Canada and beyond are clear-carbon taxes may work in theory, but no government has successfully implemented a properly designed carbon tax,” said Kenneth Green, essay author and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute.

Kenneth Green, Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

Ross McKitrick, Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute

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