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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is noting the Carbon tax seems to be more unpopular the further away you get from Metro Vancouver.
BC Director Jordan Bateman says the legislative committee charged with gathering input on next spring's budget seems to be getting an earful in rural BC.
"It is amazing you read the notes from people in Kelowna, Kamloops, Fort St John, Cranbrook, all over the province they are saying this is killing them business wise, killing them competitively, and hurting them just financially personally but meanhwile in Vancouver it was like sunshine and roses and the Carbon Tax was the greatest thing ever so complete disconnect between Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia on this."
Bateman however still advocates scrapping the tax instead of just adjusting it to meet the urban rural divide.
"The best thing to do is get rid of the carbon tax get rid of all the revenue neutrality tools except for the personal income tax cut that is about 228 million of the overall one point two billion dollar take but you see that percentage has shrunk when it was first brought out we used to get about 30-percent back in personal income tax now we get about 12 or 15 percent back in personal income tax cuts."
The Ministry of Finance is reviewing the Carbon tax after spending August gathering feedback.
The Ministry says the Carbon tax has led to significant business and income tax reductions.