Stefanson should oppose carbon tax

Author: Gage Haubrich 2023/01/24

Don’t be fooled by the paltry sum that Trudeau has sent you via carbon tax rebates. It doesn’t come close to what the tax costs Manitobans.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer crunched the numbers and Manitobans need to know what it said about the carbon tax rebate cheques the federal government sent out last week.

The average Manitoban family can expect to pay $402 more this year in carbon tax than they get back in rebates, according to the government’s independent watchdog. That’s a couple trips to the grocery store, or a month of gas for your car.

Ottawa keeps saying “families are going to be better off” because of these rebates, but this isn’t the case.

And it only gets worse.

In 2019, the government said “the plan is not to increase the price post-2022.” This was when the tax would only reach 11 cents per litre of gas. Now its going to be jacked up to over triple that price.

On April 1, the carbon tax will increase to 14 cents per litre of gas and 12 cents per cubic metre of natural gas. By 2030, the carbon tax will reach 37 cents per litre of gas and 32 cents per cubic metre of natural gas. This will cost the average Manitoba family $1,145 a year, according to the PBO.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The federal government is imposing a second carbon tax in July through fuel regulations. Which according to the governments own analysis is estimated to add up to 13 cents per litre to gasoline by 2030. That will cost a family an additional $220 per year. And there’s no rebate for the second carbon tax.

Not exactly “better off.”

To help Manitobans, Premier Heather Stefanson needs to fight harder against the federal carbon tax.

The crowd of provinces opposed to the tax keeps growing.

The premiers of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario have been fighting the carbon tax since the beginning.

Other provinces, like Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia originally went along with the federal government.

As of July, they will now be forced to pay the federal tax and they are not happy.

Premier Andrew Furey of Newfoundland and Labrador said “we are disappointed to hear that the Government of Canada is imposing its federal carbon tax backstop and taxing home heating fuels, as well as other fuels.”

Speaking to the provincial legislature on the carbon tax, Premier Dennis King of Prince Edward Island said the federal government “won’t give Islanders a break. We’re going to fight to give them a break.”

Premier Tim Houston of Nova Scotia pulled no punches in his statement when he said “the Government of Canada is imposing a carbon tax knowing Nova Scotians, and Canadians, are struggling.”

He’s right. Canadians are struggling. And with Ottawa forcing the federal carbon tax on most of Atlantic Canada, he and the other premiers are right to be angry. If only they had spoken up sooner and louder.

Inflation last month was 6.3 per cent in Canada and eight per cent in Manitoba. Necessities like groceries saw an 11 per cent increase in price. Times are hard and paying the carbon tax on gas just to get to the grocery store adds another layer of financial hurt for the average family.

It is time for Manitoba to join most of the country and step back up to the plate to stop even more money being taken from the pockets of Canadians.

It’s expensive out there and Manitobans trying to gas up their car to get to work, fill up their minivan to take their kids to hockey practice, or simply heat their homes during a typical prairie winter, need relief.

The PBO has done the math and it doesn’t look good for Manitobans. Everyone knows the cost of the carbon tax and Stefanson is right to demand a stop to it. 

This article was originally published in the Winnipeg Sun on January 22, 2023. 

A Note for our Readers:

As you may know, we're working hard to stop Prime Minister Trudeau's attempt to add a 2nd carbon tax upon Canadian taxpayers. If you are against this tax, would you take a moment today to read and consider signing the petition below?

When you do, your name will be added to the growing list of tens of thousands across our country who want to tell the government that we are opposed to these new taxes. Please take a moment to read the petition below and consider signing it today.

To Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

The federal government is introducing new fuel standard regulations to require industry to reduce the carbon content of fossil fuels. If industry can’t meet the standard, they’ll have to pay Trudeau's second carbon tax. This tax will ultimately hit already struggling families and businesses.

It’s bad enough that taxpayers are already paying for one carbon tax. Canadians certainly can’t afford a second carbon tax.

We, the undersigned, call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to scrap plans for a second carbon tax.

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