Thursday, 15 January 2015

Letter by Susan L.

  The Ontario government is proposing yet another tax to add to the burden of an already taxed to death population. The Carbon Tax will add seven cents a litre to the price of gas. These funds are supposed to go directly into projects for the environment. Sure, gas prices are the lowest they've been in years but sure as anything, they will go up again.
  I don't know if it will affect heating oil or not.
  I wrote a letter to Jim Wilson, my Member of Provincial Parliament, MPP for short, against this tax. It will affect every single aspect of our lives. Anything that utilizes transportation will be hit with an increase in cost to cover the added tax. That's pretty much everything.
  It isn't cheap to live in Ontario. Our poverty rate is disgraceful and growing. Homelessness and the demand on food bank resources has sky rocketed. This will only make it worse.
  We already pay sales tax on new and used vehicles. We already pay a road tax, licence taxes, tire taxes, and I am sure there's something I am forgetting. E-testing is a cost already incurred to help eliminate greenhouse gases.
  We pay environmental fees already on a slew of items from paint, to tires, to electronics. They are misleading by being called disposal fees. It's a tax, don't kid yourself. Where does that money go? Hmm, I forgot to add that to my letter and only thought of it now. I might send another quick note to him.
  I posted a petition on Facebook and hope to get people to like and share. It's time we stopped being apathetic and accepting of the idea that the government has the right to rob us blind!
  I suggested to Mr. Wilson that the government look to its own wallet to find the funding for environmental projects. Mine has nothing left in it.
  Please, take the time to contact your MPP about the proposed carbon tax. If we do nothing, we have only ourselves to blame when it shows up on our gas receipt.
  Lord, I know You say to us to render to Caesar what is Caesar's and to honour our leaders. I'm simply having a bit of a struggle with that when Caesar's pockets have holes in them. We can never do enough to fill them.
  "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." Mat 22:21


  1. To reduce greenhouse gases we need to find ways to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, not pay more for them.

    1. It's a global dependency that keeps the economies of the world turning.