Bell: Hey Trudeau, don’t you get it? We don’t want his carbon tax

For what it’s worth, four in 10 Canadians want the carbon tax eliminated. Just over one in 10 want it reduced. So that’s a majority right there.

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The nose count couldn’t be clearer.

We don’t want what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is offering on April Fools’ Day.

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Yes, another increase in Trudeau’s carbon tax.

It won’t be the last and there won’t be anyone around to say they were just kidding us.

The number crunchers at the Angus Reid Institute explain what most of us feel.

But, in these difficult times, it doesn’t matter where most people are.

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Those who pay the bills that politicians accumulate are there to pay the bills that politicians accumulate.

Politics is being dominated by the dreamers, the schemers and the political players, the ideologues and the idiots, the crusaders and the cons and those manipulators and dealers who come to power thinking they are so much smarter than the rest of us.

For what it’s worth, four in 10 Canadians want the carbon tax eliminated. Just over one in 10 want it reduced. So that’s a majority right there.

Then there are those who simply do not want the tax to increase. This is the simple concession Prime Minister Danielle Smith asked of the Trudeau government.

Don’t raise the tax on April 1.

That’s another in four Canadians.

You’re probably wondering. How many of those counted want the carbon tax increase to go ahead as planned?

In other words, how many agree with what Trudeau is doing?

Only 22%. A little more than one in five.

And yet the tax increase goes ahead and what most want is equivalent to the square root of the squat.

By the way, in Alberta six in 10 want the tax eliminated now and another in 10 want it reduced.

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There is more unpleasant arithmetic that Trudeau and his minions dismiss.

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There are those who believe they pay more in carbon taxes than they receive in rebates.

They are a much larger group than those who buy the Trudeau line: they receive more rebates than they pay in carbon taxes.

Most also think that concerns about the cost of living should take precedence over the fight against climate change.

Most believe that the carbon tax makes life more expensive.

Most think that the carbon tax is not effective in combating climate change.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Smith will appear before a committee of federal politicians.

She and some other premiers wanted to meet with a federal group of cross-party politicians led by the Liberals and you knew that snowball didn’t stand a chance.

Trudeau had already said that prime ministers like Smith were not telling the truth. He insisted that the carbon tax is good business.

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Trudeau said it was basic math. It must be some kind of new math.

Obviously, the Prime Minister still believes he can somehow get away with it. He seems to be in the mood to fight.

Anyway, Kelly McCauley, a serious Conservative MP from Edmonton, heads up another committee of Liberal, Conservative, Bloc and NDP MPs and… presto… Smith was on Thursday’s agenda.

Liberals on the committee howled and raised objection after objection about how premiers like Smith and New Brunswick’s Blaine Higgs ended up speaking.

It was like when they were yelling and complaining the day before when Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe showed up.

That day, Smith said the ever-increasing carbon tax is “immoral” and “inhumane.”

“It is a burden that Canadians cannot bear. “Canadians don’t want it.”

While Albertans would lose more than $900 a year from this tax increase, even after a carbon tax rebate, it wouldn’t be long before they would be out $2,700.

“How far will the federal government go to make life even more difficult and expensive?”

How far? Far.

Smith said the Trudeau government takes a dollar, gives back 75 cents and tells you it’s a good deal “thinking people won’t realize they took the dollar in the first place.”

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Danielle Smith at a Pierre Poilievre rally
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith attends Pierre Poilievre’s “Raise the Raise, Eliminate Taxes” rally in Edmonton on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Photo by David Bloom /postmedia

Liberal politicians challenged Smith because the Alberta government accepted the province’s full 13-cent fuel tax on April 1.

Smith says if the price of oil stays high, four cents will be deducted from the tax.

If the price of oil rises further, the tax will be eliminated entirely.

If Trudeau were to eliminate the carbon tax entirely when oil prices were high, Smith said she would be delighted.

Higgs, the premier of New Brunswick, always seemed optimistic.

“At some point you would like to think there would be someone who would listen to this,” Higgs said, of the rejection of the carbon tax.

When Trudeau was in Calgary earlier this month, his writer pointed out to him that many people simply disagreed with his views on the carbon tax.

The prime minister said his job was not to be popular, although he added that it helped.

Not to be popular. He’s doing that job well.

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