Farmers Forum staff
OTTAWA — The federal government is considering a big, fat tax on the purchase of new and used pick-up trucks.
The Ministry of Environment, headed by former Greenpeace activist Steven Guilbeault, has proposed a $1,000 to $4,000 tax. The Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation worries that the new tax could be instituted very soon.
The so-called sneaky tax is already in place for large SUVS but would be expanded to cover popular pick-ups such as the Ford F-150s and Dodge Ram.
Said Kim Sims, of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation: “The tax bill would range from $1,000 for light-duty pickups to $4,000 for the super-duty trucks that tow horse trailers and construction equipment.”
The Trudeau government is encouraged to implement the tax to reach carbon dioxide emission reduction targets, even though studies have shown that any carbon dioxide emissions reduction in Canada will have no effect on global temperature.