Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mr. Harper, release this report


Apparently Mr. Harper has some information that he is hiding from the Canadian public that suggests a carbon tax would not hurt the Canadian economy:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is snubbing the advice of a "secret" report his own government commissioned that supports the economic benefits of a carbon tax, the Green Party said today.

In a report prepared for Natural Resources Canada last January, numbers provided by economists at M.K. Jaccard and Associates Inc. show that pricing carbon at $50 per tonne would have an insignificant impact on the Canadian economy, Green Leader Elizabeth May said in Toronto yesterday.

"(Harper) hasn't read the research his own government has commissioned," she said. "This report makes it very clear that tax shifting does not hurt the economy."
And nobody is even talking about anything near $50 a tonne to start.

The blue shaft is in full swing.

Update (9:20 p.m.): The Green party has obtained the report through Access to Information and has linked to it on their site. Thanks to Challenging the Commonplace for highlighting that point. Here's an excerpt from a Green news release:

The Study, undertaken for Natural Resources Canada by M.K. Jaccard and Associates (MKJA)*, calculates the impact of carbon taxes of between $10 and $250 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) beginning in 2006 and applied throughout the economy at a single rate.

The Report – Cost Curves for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction in Canada: The Kyoto Period and Beyond – concludes that the GDP impact of a $50/tonne tax shift is less than 0.1% of GDP per year until 2010, is virtually zero during the next five years and is then positive after 2015 (see chart below).

And here are two pertinent links to the actual report: Jaccard Report Cost Curves for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction in Canada - The Kyoto Period and Beyond - Final Analysis, January 16, 2007, Full Report; Jaccard Report Cost Curves for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction in Canada - The Kyoto Period and Beyond - Final Analysis, January 16, 2007, Executive Summary.

Why is Mr. Harper publicly stating one thing, that the Green Shift would be devastating to the country, when his own government commissioned report says the opposite? And why do they continue to hide this information and put the onus on the public to request it rather than make it publicly available, as the public in fact paid for it?