In this anti-carbon tax diatribe, Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation makes the following claim:
They trot out the usual garbage from the eastern “thinktanks” claiming the carbon tax has driven down fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Of course, that’s not true: gas sales, according to Statistics Canada, are up in B.C.
Funnily enough, he doesn’t link to Statscan, but to an older CTF post. Here is the relevant Statscan data
Note the difference betweent “Gross” and “Net”. The former is up, yes. The latter is down.
I ask because “Net” is defined by Statscan as “the sale of gasoline, diesel, and liquefied petroleum gas on which taxes were remitted at road-use rates. These net figures represent, with minor exceptions, the amount of taxable fuel actually consumed on public roads” while gross is all sales, included untaxed sales.
Net & gross gas use are not simply a function of taxation of course. The health of the economy, you know, might come into play (note the significant dip in 2008). However net – or those sales that have the carbon tax applied to them – are down in British Columbia.
Which makes Mr. Bateman’s claim, like so many others of his, odd.
I made this point on the CTF website, but for some reason it hasn’t been posted yet.
UPDATE: Apologies to the CTF, my comment was indeed posted in a timely fashion.