Thursday, June 26, 2008

Carbon Tax - I Did My Part!

The controversial carbon tax DIVIDEND cheque finally arrived. Yep our Premier sent us all $100.00 to spend because he felt the price of gas wasn't high enough to convince us to get out of our cars and on to those non-existent buses South of the Fraser. This morning I heard one of his ministers trying to explain how this all would work. I was fascinated. According to the government here is how it is going to work:

  • The government gives us $100.00
  • The government adds a 2% gas tax on July 1st (gas is currently $1.48 a litre)
  • The government lowers our personal income tax 4%
  • In a few months the government will raise the tax to 4%
  • A few months after that the government will raise the tax to 7%
Now according to the minister we should be really happy because with the lowering of the personal income tax and if we use this money to buy more gas we could end up making money or breaking even!

Now that was an incentive I couldn't refuse and my government said it would make a real difference to the climate and everything... so I took my cheque and went to the US where I got $20.00 more gas for my cheque than I would have in Canada!


  1. LOL ... that'll show 'em.

  2. More cheap meme cruft:

    Welcome to the new 2008 edition of getting to know your family and friends. Here is what you are supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then [send this to a bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person who sent it to you] post it. Some of you may get this several times; that means you have lots of friends. Have fun and be truthful!

    1. What is your occupation right now? Retired.
    2. What color are your socks right now? Red and orange stripes.
    3. What are you listening to right now? Traffic, people chatting, car door shutting.
    4. What was the last thing that you ate? Rice/broccoli mix.
    5. Can you drive a stick shift? No
    6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My caregiver.
    7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Would I do this if I didn’t?
    8. How old are you today? 51
    9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? Basketball NCAA
    10. What is your favorite drink? Water
    11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Nope..
    12. Favorite food? Whole wheat cheese pizza.
    13. What is the last movie you watched? The Seeker
    14. Favorite day of the year? Thanksgiving—4 day holiday
    15. How do you vent anger? Depends on who or what angers me.
    16. What was your favorite toy as a child? Plastic dogs.
    17. What is your favorite season? Fall
    18. Cherries or Blueberries? Grapes
    19. Do you want your friends to e-mail(blog) you back? Sure.
    20. Who is the most likely to respond? Drowsey Monkey
    21. Who is least likely to respond? The ones I don’t send this to.
    22. Living arrangements? Illegally married to most wonderful person in the world, share a small apt. in Seattle.
    23. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday.
    24. What is on the floor of your closet? Clothes hamper.
    25. Who is the friend you have had the longest {that you are sending to}? Harkoo/Joyce
    26. What did you do last night? Wrote for my blog—duh.
    27. What are you most afraid of? The Big One: Earthquake
    28. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? Plain
    29. Favorite dog breed? Great Dane.
    30. Favorite day of the week? Friday
    31. What is your favorite number? 31
    32. Diamonds or pearls? Bleck ... diamonds.
    33. What is your favorite flower? Lilac

  3. that sounds complicated. So gas is more costly in Canada than here? yikes.