Email I got about ‘carbon tax’

With the election call up here in Canada, we have been just bombarded with opinion polls, telling us what we think.  Do we really think what the pollsters tell us we think?

I was rather surprised that today, my very ‘I’ll have nothing to do with politics – don’t tell me about it – I cant’ hear you -la-la-la-la’ mom actually sent me a political email!  It is one of them that are circulating about…

Since I don’t know the ultimate source, I do not know if it is correct, I don’t even know if the alleged author is a real person – it seems to me there are at least two authors here:  that is not really my point.  My point is more about the very fact that apolitical Canadians, those ‘sit-back-and-tax-me-I-won’t-complain’ Canadians, are actually passing around this (and similar) emails and believing them.

 As in, this may or may not be ‘right’, but it is what many ‘apolitical Canadians’ are thinking…


Carbon Tax  
The author of this, John Coates, lives in Nova Scotia. He would be even more disgusted if he lived here in BC where we already have a Carbon Tax .

The Liberals Carbon Tax

Politicians have, in the past, used that old bullshit phrase of ‘cutting taxes’ to get you to vote for them.  

Now, Stéphane Dion, has come up with a new wrinkle on that old lie :  

  • Tax your heating oil and anything else you burn to move your food and everything else that you have always had in your life… but, he’ll lower your income taxes.

CONSIDER THIS from one person who has bothered to do the homework:

When a politician’s lips move, I know he’s probably lying. Mr. Dion says his carbon tax will be revenue neutral. So, I went online and found a carbon calculator and keyed in the annual energy consumption for our household and learned we produce 17 tons of greenhouse gas. Fully 60% of this usage is for electricity which we use to heat our home.

I have already improved insulation in my walls and replaced my windows and doors; use the new ‘twirley’ lights and ensured that my appliances are all Energy Star products. In the past 20 years, these measures reduced my electricity usage from 24,000 Kw Hrs per year to 16,000 Kw Hrs per year last year.  
What is my reward for this improved efficiency?

  • My power bill is unchanged from what it was 20 years ago.  
  •  But, my power bill would  attract  a carbon tax of $104 in year one of Mr. Dion’s plan  
  •  and $ 416 in year four.  
  • My power bill would rise from $166 per month to $210 per month in year four.

Since I live on a fixed income consisting of CPP and Old Age Security, my income tax bill runs at less than $200 per year. So, for my household, Mr. Dion’s ‘revenue neutral’ carbon tax will cost me $416 per year less income tax reductions of about $10 per year.

Revenue neutral? In a pig’s eye! This is a tax on seniors living on fixed incomes.  
Well, Mr. Dion, you haven’t got a snowball’s chance in hell of ever getting my vote. I hope everyone else takes five minutes to run the same calculations I did and vote to send this joker to the political boneyard.

 SIGNED:   Jon C. Coates – 70 Ridgevalley Rd. – Halifax, N.S. – B3P 2J9

Factual data substantiating this:

  • 16.96 tons
  •  60% of this is for electricity or 10.4 tons/year
  •  @ $10/ton in year 1 = $104 or $9/mo
  •  @ $20/ton in year 2 = $208 or $18/mo
  •  @ $30/ton in year 3 = $312 or $27/mo
  •  @ $40/ton in year 4 = $416 or $40/mo
  •  Income tax paid is $110/yr.


At first I thought this was funny…then I realized the awful truth of it.

Be sure to read all the way to the end

The Tax Poem

Tax his land,  Tax his bed,
Tax the table,  At which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor,  Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes,  Are the rule.

Tax his work,  Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts,  Anyway!
Tax his cow, Tax his goat,
Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

Tax his ties, Tax his shirt,
Tax his work, Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,  Tax his drink,
Tax him if he  tries to think.

Tax his cigars, Tax his beers,
If he cries, Tax his tears.
Tax his car,  Tax his gas,
Find other ways  to tax his ass.

Tax all he has, Then let him know,
That you won’t be done, Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers, then tax him more,
Tax him till he’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,  Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he’s laid.
Put these words, Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me to my doom…’

When he’s gone,  Do not relax,
Its time to apply…..

The Inheritance Tax
Accounts Receivable Tax
Airline Surcharge tax
Airline Fuel Tax
Airport Maintenance Tax
Building Permit Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Death Tax
Dog License Tax
Driving Permit Tax
Employee Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment (UI)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Gasoline Tax ( too much per litre)
Gross Receipts Tax
Health Tax
Hunting License Tax
Hydro Tax
Inheritance Tax
Interest Tax
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Mortgage Tax
Personal Income Tax
Poverty Tax
Prescription Drug Tax
Property Tax
Provincial Income Tax
Real Estate Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Retail Sales Tax
Service Charge Tax
School Tax
Telephone Federal Tax
Telephone Federal, Provincial and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Water Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax …..


  • Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,  
  • our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world.
  • We had absolutely no national debt,  
  • had a large middle class,  
  • and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the hell happened????

Can you spell ‘politicians’????

I hope this goes around CANADA at least 100 times!!!!!  
YOU can help it get there!!!!

GO AHEAD – – – be a CANADIAN !!!!!!!!!!  


So, have we, Canadians, finally been taxed out of our complacency?