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Environmentalist says proposed tax wouldn't help environment
|Federal Regional Minister Greg Thompson was swift to remind the provincial Liberal government yesterday that a carbon tax would take a "devastating" toll on New Brunswick.|
"Prices are high enough, and of course for a carbon tax to be effective, it has to be at least 50 cents a litre. Basically, it's just another form of tax," said the Conservative member of parliament, a day after New Brunswick's Finance Minister Victor Boudreau said the Liberal government will consider a implementing a carbon tax as part of its upcoming tax review.
"I guess it fits in with the Liberal philosophy, tax more, spend more," added Thompson.
And with sky-high gas prices already affecting everything from the price of home heating, to transportation, and food prices, Thompson noted that a brand new tax on gas would stifle the province's economy and impact New Brunswickers' lives.
"It would have a huge impact on rural areas, no question about it," said Thompson, who was visiting the New Brunswick Legislature to meet with agriculture leaders.
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