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Team Trudeau’s “massive loophole” would let carbon polluters escape paying millions in carbon taxes

Don’t let Trudeau pose as a “climate leader.” Help Leadnow blow the whistle on “This sneaky move.”

No 2154 Posted by fw, January 30, 2018

Yesterday I received the following email from Leadnow.ca asking me to send a message to Environment Minister McKenna with a cc to my MP regarding Trudeau government’s plans to let carbon polluters escape paying millions in carbon taxes. (The content of the brief “Send Message” is copied at the bottom of this post).

The government’s plan is still just a draft – and if enough of us speak out now, we could convince them to strip out the loopholes for big oil before they finalize the legislation.

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A sneaky move, email from Jolan Bailey, Leadnow.ca, January 29, 2018

Carbon polluters stand to save millions through a new loophole.

Send a message to the Liberals to let them know we won’t stand for tax breaks for carbon polluters.

Dear Frank,

The Trudeau government just unveiled their plan to put a price on carbon pollution — and they’re trying to sneak in a massive loophole that would let tar sands companies, fracking corporations, and other industrial polluters off the hook for millions of dollars in carbon taxes. [1]

If the loophole goes through, some industrial polluters will not only pay zero carbon taxes — they’ll actually get a taxpayer-funded handout. [2]

I’m not making this up, Frank. You can find the details in the government’s own draft legislation. [3]

If word gets out about this outrageous handout to big oil, it could destroy Trudeau’s strategy to position himself as a climate leader — but so far they’ve managed to keep it under the radar. That’s why we need you to help blow the whistle.

The government is accepting public feedback on their draft plan right now — and a flood of messages could convince them to remove this terrible loophole before they put the bill to a vote.

Will you send a message now?

SEND MESSAGE

The Trudeau government took a step in the right direction when they committed to creating a national plan to put a price on carbon pollution, despite opposition from the conservative Premiers and big oil lobbyists.

Last week, they unveiled the details of their plan, and that’s when we learned that they’re trying to sneak in a loophole to let dirty industries off the hook. Under the Liberal plan, industrial polluters will pay no tax on carbon pollution up to a certain threshold. If they are pollute less than the threshold, they’ll get a rebate — paid for by taxpayers like you. [4]

That’s right: Justin Trudeau thinks you should pay up, but fracking corporations and tar sands barons should get a break. Click here to reject this plan.

SEND MESSAGE

The Liberal plan sets out a minimum standard that provincial carbon pricing plans must meet. Unless we stop this sneaky loophole for industrial polluters, the bar will be set so low that provinces could water down their provincial carbon-pricing plans. [5]

Remember — The government’s plan is still just a draft — and if enough of us speak out now, we could convince them to strip out the loopholes for big oil before they finalize the legislation.

Send a message here: https://act.leadnow.ca/close-the-loophole/​

With hope and respect,

Jolan on behalf of the Leadnow team

Sources:

[1-2] http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/carbon-pricing-draft-legislation-1.4487421

[3] https://www.fin.gc.ca/drleg-apl/2018/ggpp-tpcges-eng.asp

[4-5] See 1-2 above

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COPY OF MESSAGE TO McKENNA

Subject: No loopholes for big polluters

I’m writing to express my strong opposition to measures in the draft carbon pricing legislation that would let industrial polluters off the hook for millions in carbon taxes.

[Your name]

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