REGINA, SK: Today the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association and the United Steel Workers (USW), local 5890, have joined together to oppose the federal government's incoming carbon tax.
"With less and less disposable income left at the end of a paycheque, the working members of USW 5890 can ill afford another tax that will solely rest on their everyday expenditures," said USW 5890
representative Courtland Klein. "On top of that, their jobs could be in jeopardy. Having a carbon imposed on our employer could make the products that we manufacture less competitive in the market place and result in turning businesses who consume steel and tubular products towards cheaper, less reliable offshore items who have no carbon tax imposed on their imported products."
The Saskatchewan government is opposing a carbon tax, but Ottawa is threatening to unilaterally impose a federal carbon tax on the province. The minimum price on carbon will ride from $10 a tonne in 2018, to $50 by 2022, which would increase the cost of gasoline by more than 10 cents per litre. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation estimates the carbon tax will cost the average Canadian household an additional $2,569 by 2022.
"Governments all to often rely on increasing taxes," said Shantel Lipp, President of the Saskatchewan Heavy Constructions Association. "Innovation, not taxation will help the industries like ours remain competitive, while we work to find solutions we can all live with. Our members build and maintain the government's biggest asset, nothing moves until the roads are built."
"With less and less disposable income left at the end of a paycheque, the working members of USW 5890 can ill afford another tax that will solely rest on their everyday expenditures. On top of that, their jobs could be in jeopardy. Having a "carbon tax" imposed on our employer could make the products that we manufacture less competitive in the market place. Turning businesses who consume steel and tubular products towards cheaper, less reliable offshore items who have no "carbon tax" imposed on their imported products." Said Courtland Klein with USW 5890
"Carbon taxes will increase all kinds of costs for Saskatchewan families without actually helping the environment," said Todd MacKay, Prairie Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. "Making it more expensive to run a road grader or steel mill will make it harder to create jobs in this province while our international competitors won't be held back by a carbon tax. The Saskatchewan government is right to stand up for this province by opposing Ottawa's carbon tax."
For more information contact:
Shantel Lipp cell: 306-533-9583
Todd MacKay cell: 306-582-7717
Courtland Klein cell: 306-550-6465