British Columbians are happy with their carbon tax

From the Vancouver Sun,

Residents of the sole North American jurisdiction with a carbon tax don’t seem to mind their singular tax status, a new poll suggests.

The Pembina Institute reported on Thursday that 74 per cent of residents of British Columbia, where the provincial carbon tax gets another uptick today, believe either that the tax has been positive for the environment, or feel neutral about it.

The poll was conducted in April by Strategic Communications with a sample of 830 British Columbians, and bears a margin of error of 3.4 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

“According to the poll, the majority of British Columbians (69 per cent) are worried about climate change and most (70 per cent) want the province to continue showing leadership on the issue without waiting for other jurisdictions to take similar steps,” says a news release accompanying the poll.

By 2012, a typical motorist would pay about $140 (Canadian) more annually with the tax.

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