Which would you rather have…a gas tax…


…or a gas bargain? Vote NDP! The environment has made an excellent empty slogan for 15 years — why change what works?


Which would you rather have…a gas tax…

  1. A gas tax won’t slow down gas consumption so it won’t help the environment.

  2. There’s rather a lot of statistical evidence that says precisely the opposite. <a href=”http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/09/prices-and-gasoline-demand/” Paul Krugman provided a helpful summary the other day.

  3. The price of gas effects the price of everything else we buy. It’s important to voice your opinion on this subject. We’re taking a poll on gas prices on our website http://www.nbtv.ca. You can take part too. Let your voice be heard.

  4. it’s likely that there is a point where gas becomes so expensive that drivers with other options will begin to use them. But that point is probably so high that the industrial economy will have already been decimated. No basis for this theory, just personal observation about people’s unwillingness to give up convenience.

  5. There’s some evidence that point has already been reached. People’s habits for purchasing food has already changed according to a recent report from the Canadian Press http://www.macleans.ca/canada/wire/article.jsp?content=n051315A and CTV had a report last night about more and more people switching to public transit, cycling, and walking.

    People are only unwilling to give up convenience if keeping it doesn’t require them to give up something else — like, say, food or cable TV.

  6. The idea that a gas tax would help the environment is misguided. Why would simply transferring large gobs of money to the government have a benefit? Perhaps if the government was to stop giving existing tax money to all and sundry (car manufacturers, gas/oil companies, human rights commissions,funding huge road building exercises and so on), we might get some economic rationality into the equation.

  7. Because increasing the price on things that are undesirable (ie, usage of gas which causes pollution) reduces the incidence of use of those things.

    Of course, it would be even better if the gas tax was then redirected into environmental research, so that rather than just mitigating damage, we could look at ways to leverage benefits, but small steps are better than none.

  8. So our government pays to build roads on which cars (whose manufacture it subsidizes) consume oil (also subsidized) on which we pay tax to the government because using the subsidized oil in our subsidized cars on our subsidized roads is….bad?

    Of course we could use the tax money to subsidize ethanol production…

    Sometimes no steps are better.

  9. If we’re being gouged as Jack & Co say we are why is it that everytime I use the Price Gouge Meter over at the Centre for Policy Alternatives (http://www.gasgouge.ca/), aka the NDP reseach office, it always tell me that I’m making out like a bandit?

    It “normalized prices” have been consistently higher than the Saint John street price for about a year now. Today’s street price: 123.9, CPA normalized price: 1.36. On April 21st, the street price was 118.0, the normalized price was 130.0. On so on, and so on, and so on.

    If the CPA meter is to be believed, the market is working far better for me than anything Smiling Jack could ever come up with would.

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