Quelle surprise that more and more Canadians are coming to the conclusion that changing the weather 200 years into the future is not worth a life of penury. Most of us at SDA came to that conclusion the moment carbon taxes were introduced, but it’s too bad it has taken this long for enough Canadians to realize that this was never a win/win proposition to begin with.
Now, when Canadians are asked to rank their top concerns, the top spot is a duel between “economy” and “cost of living” — with climate change lucky if it can crack the top five.
Carbon pricing was broadly popular when Trudeau took office; one survey had 56 per cent of Canadians supporting a price on emissions. As support has dwindled, it’s dropped in almost perfect tandem with the rate of Canadians actually paying the carbon tax.
This was most dramatic in Atlantic Canada, where good feelings on carbon pricing screeched to a halt on July 1 when it became the country’s last region added to the federal carbon pricing scheme.