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BC Premier John Horgan is being criticized by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) for his unceasing desire to elevate carbon taxes.

New data showcases how BC having the highest carbon taxes in Canada may be a relatively fruitless endeavour, as emissions continue to rise.

“Even though we are paying the highest carbon taxes in North America, it isn’t working to reduce emissions,” said Kris Sims, BC Director of the CTF.

“Now Horgan is thinking of hiking our second carbon tax. Since that already adds about 14 cents to the cost of a litre of gasoline, how can he expect working people to afford to pay even more?”

Emissions data provided by the provincial government shows a 10% increase in emissions since 2015.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to increase the carbon tax by $170 per tonne by 2030, and Horgan said he is on board.

The province also says it will increase the second carbon tax, which is a fee within fuel standard regulations — costing taxpayers roughly 14 cents per litre of gasoline and 15.5 cents per litre of diesel, says the CTF.

The cost of the two BC carbon taxes will more than double by 2030, says the CTF.

“When BC politicians first hit us with a carbon tax back in 2008, they told us it would be revenue neutral, that it would stop at $30 per tonne and it would reduce emissions, and today, none of that is true,” said Sims, who defined the word insanity as, “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Reid Small is a BC Reporter for the Western Standard and West Coast Standard based in the Vancouver Bureau. He has worked as a freelance photojournalist and in independent media.

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