Saskatoon, SK – Pierre Poilievre, candidate for Prime Minister, today committed to ending the carbon tax on hard-working Canadians.
“Justin Trudeau’s inflation isn’t the only tax making life more expensive. Prices are also going up because of Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax,” said Poilievre. “My environment plan will be about results, not revenue; technology and not taxes.”
The Liberals have tried to mislead Canadians for several years on the carbon tax, calling it a “price” on carbon and claiming Canadians would make money from it. But a Parliamentary Budget Office report showed that from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022, the estimated total carbon taxes paid by Canadians in backstopped provinces (like Saskatchewan) is $13.8 Billion, and rebates sent to Canadians are estimated to be $12.4 Billion in total. This means there is $1.38 Billion that has gone to other initiatives. Most recently, they swore they would freeze the tax at $50 per tonne. Now, the Liberals are pursuing a plan that would raise the carbon tax to a price of $170 per tonne by 2030.
This tax raise is in spite of the fact that the price of gas is already up 31.7% year-over-year, and experts expect it to hit $2 a litre this month.
On April 1 st , a carbon tax increase will mean Canadians will pay 11 cents on every litre of gas that they use and purchase from that point forward.
“To raise a tax that punishes working Canadians is unacceptable. To raise that tax again and again at a time when the cost of living is soaring, and people are having a hard time just getting food on the table? It’s unforgivable,” said Poilievre. “That’s why I’m announcing today that as Prime Minister, I will scrap the carbon tax to lower the cost of gas, groceries and heating.”
Mr. Poilievre is putting forward a plan that will put Canadians back in control of their lives.