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Ottawa has answers to carbon tax impacts: Silver

When it comes to outstanding questions about the impacts of a carbon price in the Yukon,

By Taylor Blewett on April 10, 2018

When it comes to outstanding questions about the impacts of a carbon price in the Yukon, and how, if at all those impacts might be somewhat alleviated for northerners, “the ball is on Ottawa’s court,” Premier Sandy Silver told reporters Monday.

The results of a federally-led analysis of the impacts of a carbon price in the Yukon were released last Thursday.

While the analysis “doesn’t paint the whole picture when it comes to carbon pricing,” Silver told the legislature Monday, its findings, as well as the results of the Yukon government’s own engagement on its as-yet-undetermined design of a carbon pricing revenue rebate, will be presented to Ottawa.

It’s up to the federal government, he told reporters after question period, “as far as their interpretations of the pan-Canadian framework, the special circumstances, not only in the territory of Yukon but in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut as well.”

He emphasized that his government’s message has been, “you cannot penalize us for being in the North, you cannot penalize us in areas where we cannot find alternatives that are going to reduce those emissions.”

Yukon consumers are already feeling the impacts of carbon pricing, Silver pointed out, when it comes to many commodities brought into the territory from Outside jurisdictions where a carbon pricing system is currently in effect – Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

When a Yukon carbon price is applied come Jan. 1, 2019, all of its revenues will be rebated to Yukoners and Yukon businesses.

“If every time that you go to the pump ... you realize ‘I’m getting this much rebate back, and I pay this much in carbon,’ you’re going to start thinking about your behaviour,” Silver said.

NDP Environment critic Kate White wanted to know how exactly this government plans to encourage that behaviour change.

“What new incentives will this government be putting in place to encourage and reward Yukoners for decreasing their use of fossil fuels and moving to renewable energy sources?” she queried in question period Monday.

Community Services Minister John Streicker said that while work on initiatives like getting remote communities off-grid and solar panel rebates is ongoing, the government’s “main investment” is in energy retrofits.

“That investment in energy retrofits targets the best location for reducing energy dependency. That is in heating our homes and our buildings. In this way, by insulating them better and by changing over the furnaces and the old oil tanks, we will reduce our emissions,” Streicker said.

But as Silver pointed out, in response to a media question about the impacts of carbon pricing on the mining industry, “there are some areas where we cannot find alternatives that are going to reduce those emissions,” and the feds seem to get that, he said.

The Yukon government is waiting for more information from Ottawa about plans for carbon pricing in “emissions-intensive trade exposed sectors,” including mining, according to a YG companion document released with the federal analysis.

“Efforts are currently being made to ensure that Yukon’s industries are not at a disadvantage when compared to industries in southern jurisdictions,” it reads.

The federal analysis concluded that carbon pricing would have a minimal impact on the mining sector, but that’s without considering the projected opening of two large mines in the territory.

“You saw the content of the review process,” Silver told reporters.

“Lots of questions in the media, we have lots of questions as well, and we’re working with Ottawa to answer those questions.”

Comments (14)

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Yukon and most of Canada is carbon neutral on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:17 am

Yukon should get more money because we remove more carbon from the air then we put out by at least 10 times. There should be no carbon tax for the Yukon.
WE should receive a tax cash return from Ottawa.

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concerned on Apr 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm

I feel the implementation of this is very scary. In the Yukon we have fewer people than a so-called small town in our southern provinces. I know since I have worked in many other provinces. Yet we are being penalized for being small and having very low voting power. We all know very well that the rebates will not be going to the majority of the population. It will go those who choose not to work. This option is becoming much more attractive although pride and our true wish to make the future better for our children prevent us from riding on the backs of those who feel they must work to provide. You make money, you must pay for those who choose not to. How can our small population make up all the money for those in larger communities that have cheaper options in life? Look at what we are being charged for Internet, phone, transportation, food. If we are expected to pay the same as big cities, shouldn't we expect the same levels of services?

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north_of_60 on Apr 12, 2018 at 4:37 pm

The Yukon Government Leader could simply say NO to the TrudieTax just like the responsible government leaders in other jurisdictions have done across Canada. However it appears he's more interested in sucking-up to his Liberal buddies in Ottawa, than doing what's best for Yukoners.

Most of North America has just experienced the coldest, longest winter in 30 years. @reality check is correct, we're heading into another cooling cycle like we had in the early 80s, all controlled by sunspot activity. The wheels are falling off the Global-Warming-Climate-Change bandwagon, and everyday more people are realizing it was nothing but a tax-grab scam.

It's time for the Yukon Government to do the right thing for all Yukoners, not just well-paid government-welfare workers, and stop playing foolish political games with our fragile economy. We've seen how higher fuel and electricity prices due to this "blaming carbon" fantasy have caused severe energy poverty all over the world; that better not happen here. If it does then the Government Leader will have a lot more to answer for than just losing the next election. Remember when they used to tar & feather corrupt self-serving politicians and ride them out of town on a rail?

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My Opinion on Apr 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm

@groucho. It would be nice if it was that easy but it's not. It is not like GST, that is credited back all along the chain, it is cumulative. For instance you buy a shirt it is not just the freight, it is the outfit that made the polyester, it is their fuel bill, the guys that made the buttons and their fuel bill, the people who put to together and their fuel bill, the store that sells it and their fuel bill, the increase in wages that their staff will require to live in the post apocalyptic tax regime. It's endless and everyone will charge more. We will be totally uncompetitive internationally.

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so from now on all invoices/receipts in Whitehorse will have on Apr 12, 2018 at 11:56 am

line item:
Carbon tax 10% -

Don't forget, the cost always goes to the end consumer. You may charge companies 8.5%, but they'll need to recoup it.
Watch your bills.

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My Opinion on Apr 11, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Carbon Tax is just a farce.
Tell me how my paying more to heat my house will change anything?
Bought an Airline ticket the other day and they said if I paid 50% more they would purchase Carbon Credits from the Chicago Carbon Exchange and Green My Seat.

Tell me how exactly that works? Some billionaire like the Rockefellers sell carbon credits from a Jungle that they own and trade it for my money. Yep that makes a lot of sense and now the exhaust is clean, I am supposed to believe.

We have one of the smallest populations on the planet, why are we not selling the carbon credits that we have for our huge Boreal Forest? Just asking?

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Groucho d'North on Apr 11, 2018 at 4:23 pm

I have elected to assist Mr. Silver's government in the calculation of the amount my carbon tax rebate should be as of April 1, 2018. You can too, it's quite simple - save your receipts when you by fuel, including furnace oil. The delivery note and the bill notes how many litres at what the price was that day. I have one of those accordion file folders so I can save them by month. I also have a fuel spreadsheet for our vehicles to monitor their performance and operation, fuel consumption is a primary indicator of efficient operation.
The tough part will be estimating the inflation increase that will be represented in all other goods delivered to the Yukon that are required to maintain a modern home and healthy lifestyle.
Proving how much fuel I have purchased will be easy and simple compared to how tough it will be for the government to demonstrate how this scheme is 'revenue neutral'. It’s a sham, and all the supporters who shill for it should be ashamed. The Trudeau Liberals campaigned on REAL change for the middle class. This is it?

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Riptide on Apr 10, 2018 at 9:30 pm

I guess Silver hasn't figured out that for most Yukoners, their largest "carbon footprint" is actually coming from the FOOD they eat, instead of the fuel used to fill their vehicle or heat their home. But yeah... we'll all make massive strides there.

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anonymous on Apr 10, 2018 at 8:10 pm

So in other words, we should maybe stop working. It is people who are working that will be most likely be refused the rebate because they are "making too much" and they are using their vehicles to get to work. Baaaaad working Yukoners. What! You actually plan to eat? Oh, we have a tax for you too! Such bad behavior!

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My Opinion on Apr 10, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Sandy. Do you not understand economics? It is not just at the pumps that we will pay. Everything will go up. Every manufacturer of everything is going to have much higher costs. Wages will have to go up for those manufacturers to cover inflation due to this lunacy. Freight on everything will go up. To say that we will be rebated, is nonsense and it will cost you your stint as Premier.

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logic on Apr 10, 2018 at 3:41 pm

The logical thing to do to stimulate the economy is not through increasing bogus taxes and spending like drunken sailors but rather by cutting them across the board to reduce the burdens that are swamping everyone with debt that can never be repaid.


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So how does a Yukoner track or knowhow much carbon tax? on Apr 10, 2018 at 3:40 pm

How does Yukoners know they are getting every penny of their carbon tax money back.
Past the buck as they call it.
Federal liberals will keep 50% of our carbon tax money collected.
Wilf Carter

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reality check on Apr 10, 2018 at 3:18 pm

take a look at what is actually going on... cooling.. crop failures.. solar minimum cycle beginning... enough of the lies from the hypocritical extorting commies fraudulent puppets.

"Looking across North America fields are still covered with feet of snow, temperatures are running 30F below normal, planting is delayed and storm after storm rips across the continent from land and sea. Now a blizzard across the grain belt is on tap for mid-April bring more record snows and record cold temperatures. These patterns match perfectly with the Maunder Minimum temperatures. Also if temperatures drop 2C Canada loses 90% of its grain production, so does China and parts of Europe. " from Adapt 2030 channel on youtubre

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ProScience Greenie on Apr 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Hope Sandy and the Libs are still 'listening to us'. If they are then they know that most of us are saying that this carbon tax is going to hurt a lot of people's bottom line. Or maybe they're just listening to those Yukoners that work in our number one industry, government, that make a good enough wage not to be bothered by the incoming carbon sin tax??

Remember when the NDP was all about putting more money in working people's pockets, not taking it away from them. I miss the NDP of our parents and grandparents.

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