In 1995, the year Ottawa’s gasoline tax jumped from 8.5 to 10 cents per litre the hike was labeled a “deficit elimination measure” by then-Finance Minister Paul Martin. Canada’s deficit was vanquished in 1997-1998, but the deficit reduction tax remains and the federal government’s gouging at the pumps continues even with multi-year, multi-billion dollar surpluses.
Another contributor to growing federal gasoline tax revenues is the GST and HST (paid in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador). The GST and HST are charged on the full pump price, gasoline taxes included. The tax is levied on Ottawa’s 10 cent per litre fuel excise tax as well as provincial taxes, which range from a low of 9 cents/litre to a high of 20.5 cents/litre.
As pump prices climb, Ottawa rakes in even more GST revenues. Between 1996-1997 and 2004-2005, GST revenues from gasoline sales increased from $909-million to $1.2-billion – a 31 per cent increase. At current price levels, the federal treasury will collect at least another $300-million over the next year — bringing total GST revenues from gas to over $1.5-billion.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Posted by David MacLean at 10:51 AM
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