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LETTER: Carbon tax grab

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I’d be the first to admit I know very little about this coming carbon tax. However, here on P.E.I. there is already cause for concern.

If I understand correctly what our provincial government has already stated, then farmers and fishers will be exempt. Duh. I’m wondering what is required to claim to be a farmer or a fisher.

I don’t fish but do have chickens, only four but its kinda chicken farming isn’t? If the carbon tax is being put into place to avert the disaster of climate change, why are some people exempt?

Will climate change not affect farming? Can fishers go fishing during a hurricane? Seriously, this all sounds like a tax grab from our money hungry island government. It will have little effect on the climate but a big effect on Islanders. Could someone in government explain why HST is exempt on oil but not electricity? Is it only me or do others see the many old heavy trucks and agricultural vehicles plying our highways belching smoke into the air?

Even several of our Island waste management vehicles are great belchers of dirty black smoke. It’s also rare to find any of these vehicles sporting a valid license plate. Makes me wonder if they are even safety inspected. Climate change will be a world wide disaster if the temperature continues to rise. If that happens then no one will be exempt and I doubt we will be around to pay the carbon tax. My thoughts on just one more money grabbing tax ploy

F. Ben Rodgers,
Abram Village

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