The U of C School of Public Policy is joining the chorus of those who want Alberta’s new carbon tax to be revenue neutral.
A paper released today argues that revenues from the tax, which takes effect in January, should be used to lower existing taxes, and should generate no new net revenue for the government.
The paper goes on to say if the government wants to fund other priority areas, such as public infrastructure, or even deficit reduction, there are more efficient ways to do it than using the carbon tax.
Meanwhile a new poll on the carbon tax finds 58 per cent of Albertans surveyed support using the revenue on green energy projects.
The survey by Oraclepoll Reseach found support for this idea, regardless of politicial stripe.
NDP supporters were most likely, at 80 per cent to back the idea of putting the money to energy efficiency improvements, followed by 80 per cent of Liberals, 72 per cent of Alberta Party
backers, and just over 50 per cent of both PC and Wildrose voters.
People over the age of 55 were the most likely to agree to give carbon tax revenues to the oil and gas sector, while younger members of the population were more likely to approve of green options.