Previously, the federal government has tried to massage their language, and avoid overt reference to Campbell's policy. However, last week Lunn went on the offensive, directly criticizing Campbell's policy, and now the Prime Minister is essentially say that Campbell is LYING to British Columbian's, claiming revenue neutrality:
He said that voters shouldn't trust politicians who promise that a tax will be “revenue neutral” – that is, that government will rebate to citizens all the monies collected from such a levy. Mr. Harper said nobody should believe politicians who vow a new tax will be revenue neutral.
“Every politician in history who wants to impose a new tax claims that it's either revenue neutral or it's temporary. It's not true,” he said, adding later: “The reason politicians impose a new tax is they need revenue.”
It's a jab that also applies to Mr. Campbell's government, which has firmly vowed that the British Columbia carbon tax it introduced will be revenue neutral.
“Everybody knows – especially in British Columbia – that that kind of a carbon tax is not revenue neutral on the average working family,” Mr. Harper said.
So Gordon, did you apply the new tax, because you needed revenue? Why is the BC government trying to trick constituents, with your disingenious revenue neutral nonsense? The Prime Minister thinks people shouldn't trust you, it's just a tax grab, your thoughts? Get off the sidelines, and defend YOUR law. Quit being such a timid wimp, not wanting to ruffle any feathers, Harper's attacking YOU, the Conservative ads question your integrity, they are calling you a fraud.
Will Gordon Campbell defend his ideas, or will he hide in the corner, because it's the politically expedient thing to do? Campbell's silence to date is disappointing, you want to paint yourself as a cutting edge leader, then you rise to a challenge.