‘A price solution for an income problem’

Stephen Gordon questions the NDP call for a tax break on home-heating costs.

If we’re concerned about the income problems associated with home heating costs – the affordability issue – the proper remedy is an income solution: give more money to low-income households. If we’re concerned about whatever price problems there may be, the proper remedy involves increasing the cost of GHG-emitting home heating. And if we’re concerned with both, we can implement both remedies simultaneously: increase the cost of home heating and give more money to low-income households.

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