News Release: Poll shows British Columbians oppose carbon tax

Author: Carson Binda 2023/11/13

A new poll from Innovative Research Group shows British Columbians want the carbon tax reduced or scrapped completely.

“The polling numbers are crystal clear, British Columbians want carbon and gas tax relief,” said Carson Binda, B.C. Director of the CTF. “This poll should be a wake-up call for Premier David Eby because his constituents need tax relief now.”

The IRG poll, commissioned by the CTF, asked British Columbians if they support or oppose the idea of the carbon tax.

Results of the poll show:

  • 49 per cent of British Columbians oppose the carbon tax
  • 24 per cent support the carbon tax
  • 20 per cent neither support nor oppose the carbon tax
  • 6 per cent are unsure

The poll shows 33 per cent strongly oppose the carbon tax, while only seven per cent strongly support the tax. Over the past six months, support for the carbon tax in B.C. has plummeted by 28 percentage points.

When it comes to taxes on gasoline, British Columbians overwhelmingly oppose the provincial government’s plan to increase taxes from $40 per 64-litre fill-up to $56 per fill-up by 2030. When presented with the province’s plan to raise taxes on gasoline:

  • 66 per cent want gasoline taxes cut
  • 16 per cent want gas taxes frozen at current levels
  • 7 per cent want gas taxes to increase as planned
  • 11 per cent are unsure

“Some Canadians are getting tax relief, but not British Columbians,” Binda said. “Premier David Eby can immediately make life more affordable by cutting his carbon and gas taxes.”

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