By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press
NEEPAWA, Man. — A provincial carbon tax is coming and for better and worse, it will have an impact on rural Manitobans. While we know how much we will pay and when, one big question remains — what will happen to the projected $260 million the province is expecting to collect annually? Right now, Manitobans can have their say, but it won’t last long.
One of the major benefits of the Made in Manitoba climate and green plan, announced about a month ago, is that it allows that money to spent according to Manitoba’s priorities, not those of Ottawa. In announcing the plan, Premier Brian Pallister said that it wouldn’t just be dumped into general revenue, it would be spent in ways that help Manitoba achieve the initiatives sent forward in the plan. To that end, a survey is currently available asking Manitobans how they would like to see the money used.