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'We ♥ CO2': Reform Party of BC

The debate over the carbon tax is proving that politics really does make for strange bedfellows.

Joining the B.C. New Democratic Party in vowing to axe the tax is the Reform Party of B.C., who have adopted the slogan, “We ♥ CO2.”

“We will repudiate the tax -- it’s a scam,” said Reform leader David Hawkins.

The party would also set out to prove that the accepted carbon-driven model for explaining climate change is “scientific fraud.”

Also lining up behind the NDP in railing against the carbon tax are the B.C. Conservatives, who have made the issue one of the six main planks of their platform.

Not only would they give the taxation of carbon the boot, the party also proposes getting rid of B.C.'s property transfer tax and lowering personal and corporate taxes.

Those supporting the carbon tax are also parties that often don’t see eye to eye.

The tax, brought in by the B.C. Liberal Party, has received much support from the Green Party of B.C.

“I do want to commend the B.C. Liberals for introducing the carbon tax and tax shifting,” said party leader Jane Sterk last fall.

The Greens want a carbon tax in combination with a cap and trade climate policy and also propose higher taxes on polluting industries.

Garrett Zehr reports for The Tyee

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