“Gentlemen, boost your batteries and plug in your engines!”

That’s the new cry for the start of the carbon free Indy 500.

Or maybe a domestic version is now: “Canadians sharpen your pencils – it’s election time!”

Of course the tie-in to this intro is the ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) today that the Trudeaulian carbon tax is within the boundaries of the Constitution, so all provinces and territories within those boundaries, meaning the country as a whole, must adhere/comply with the carbon tax direction chosen by the current Federal Government.

Those who are currently opposed to the, “tax philosophy,” meaning people in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta must now fall in line with the federal carbon timetable, which has the carbon levy hitting $170/Tonne by 2030.

To keep you up-to-date, on April 1st, the carbon tax will increase to $40/T boosting gasoline prices by 2.3 cents per litre and diesel by 2.7 cpl., and then of course add the HST to this.

This will bring the carbon tax content in gasoline to 8.8 cpl and diesel to 10.7 cpl.

Prior to this ruling by the SCC, the carbon tax question was to be one for political debate and consumer decision. Well, that’s already been decided for you by the non-elected members of the SCC.

The only question remaining now is when will the PM call for an election?

His stars are all aligned with the first budget in two years being offered on April 19, and the PM’s attendance at the Biden hosted virtual climate photo opp summit on April 22.

Maybe a point of discussion at the green mountain summit will be a question from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to President Biden as to what the president’s plans are for taking Canada’s lead and applying a national carbon tax. I mean, how come Canada’s on road transportation cost to provide U.S. consumers with Canadian commodities and manufactured goods is 40 cents per gallon MORE than a U.S. based carrier?

Then maybe our PM will throw another dart that deeply affects Canadians personally and our economy, and question him on his position on the closure of Line 5 set for May 13.

Then back this up with a comment along the lines that if Line 5 closes we may have to start closing the tap on the export of 3.5million bpd of that Alberta TAR sands you hate so much.

But that’s what I and many others would say. It’s not what Prime Minister Trudeau will say.

The SCC has spoken for him. The only question he has left is, “where are all the polling booths?”

– Roger McKnight – B.Sc., Senior Petroleum Analyst

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