Provincial New Democrat Saanich South MLA-elect Lana Popham said yesterday her party should call on the government to fix rather than axe the carbon tax. In an interview with Public Eye Radio, Ms. Popham said, "The carbon tax is going up in July. Is that changing our behaviour? It's not changing our behaviour. What I want to see, what I would like to see is for us as a party to say to the Liberals, 'When that tax goes up, the increase in that tax needs to go specifically into alternative transportation choices and infrastructure. That would make a difference."
So should the New Democrats revisit their opposition to the carbon tax? "I think they were opposed to Gordon Campbell's carbon tax. The NDP is strong on cap-and-trade. And that's going to be brought in across North America. We need all tools. So do I think there needs to be a tax on carbon? Yes I do. Do I think there's opportunity to work with it? Yes I do. We're stuck with it for four years. So let's use it."
In other words, Ms. Popham confirmed she would prefer a fix the tax approach as opposed to a axe the tax approach. "And I think we don't have any choice because we have it in place for four years so let's work with it. I'm the type of person who - if I hear a good idea or see an opportunity to work with somebody - I don't care what party they're from. Let's work on it. Because we have an opportunity right now, with the carbon tax, because it's there to make some change."