Poll shows 77% of Atlantic Canadians want carbon tax off all home heating

Author: Franco Terrazzano 2023/11/20

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation released Leger polling showing 77 per cent of Atlantic Canadians want the carbon tax removed from all forms of home heating energy. 

“The poll is crystal clear: more than three-quarters of Atlantic Canadians don’t think the government should be taxing people for heating their homes,” said Franco Terrazzano, CTF Federal Director. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tried to buy off MPs in the region with his carbon tax carve-out, but Atlantic Canadians are demanding relief that’s fair for everyone.”

The federal government is removing the carbon tax from furnace oil for three years. Up to 40 per cent of households in Atlantic Canadian provinces use furnace oil to heat their homes. 

The Leger poll asked Atlantic Canadians if they support removing the carbon tax from all forms of home heating energy. 

Results of the poll show:

  • 77 per cent of Atlantic Canadians want carbon tax relief for everyone
  • 13 per cent oppose extending the carbon tax exemption
  • 10 per cent are unsure 

The poll shows 58 per cent of Atlantic Canadians strongly support removing the carbon tax off all forms of home heating fuels, while only five per cent strongly oppose.

The Leger poll also found the majority of people in every Atlantic province support removing the carbon tax from all home heating:

  • New Brunswick: 78 per cent support
  • Nova Scotia: 77 per cent support
  • Prince Edward Island: 74 per cent support
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 77 per cent support

“Atlantic Canadians are sending a strong message to Trudeau and his Liberal MPs that their partial carbon tax exemption isn’t fair,” said Jay Goldberg, CTF Interim Atlantic Director. “Liberal MPs must listen to their constituents and take the carbon tax off everyone’s home heating bills.”

Liberal and Bloc MPs voted against a motion in the House of Commons to take the carbon tax off all forms of home heating energy. NDP and Conservatives MPs voted in favour of carbon tax relief.

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