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Why is B.C.’s carbon tax suddenly so toxic?

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: B.C.'s carbon tax, initially implemented over 15 years ago, is becoming politically contentious
• Populist politicians, like Federal Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre, are leveraging the affordability crisis to criticize the tax, claiming it exacerbates the costs of living, despite evidence suggesting otherwise
• A shift in public opinion is now evident, with a significant portion of British Columbians supporting the Conservative's "axe the tax" campaign

🔭 The context: The carbon tax was introduced by the BC Liberals during the 2008 recession and has been effective in reducing fuel use and emissions
• However, recent public discourse, influenced by misinformation and the affordability crisis, has shifted against it
• This shift coincides with the Conservative Party's rising popularity in B.C. and the diminishing support for the BC Liberals, now BC United

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The carbon tax is a key tool for reducing emissions economically
• However, public backlash driven by misconceptions and populist rhetoric threatens its future
• This political dynamic challenges the broader climate action agenda, as the carbon tax's effectiveness in emission reduction is well-documented

⏭️ What's next: The increasing popularity of the Conservative Party in B.C., coupled with the "axe the tax" narrative, could influence future climate policies and carbon tax strategies in the province
• This political shift poses a significant challenge to maintaining and advancing effective climate measures in B.C.

💬 One quote: "Despite enjoying moderate political support for the carbon tax in the past, the BCU is now ditching any allegiance to the policy championed by former leader Gordon Campbell," noted Rochelle Baker

📈 One stat: 56% of British Columbians now support the idea of axing the carbon tax, as revealed by a recent Leger poll

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