Trudeau government faces even more pressure as a majority in Atlantic Canadians rejects any carbon tax on home heating
Seventy-seven percent of Atlantic Canadians support the removal of the carbon tax from all home heating energy sources, according to a recent Leger poll commissioned by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).
The poll results, which come amid ongoing debates over the carbon tax., signal a strong demand for more comprehensive tax relief in the region. The carbon tax, which imposes costs on the carbon content of fossil fuels, is a central element of the Trudeau government’s strategy to combat climate change.
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“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 CTF Federal Director Franco Terrazzano. “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 Trudeau government’s plan to remove the carbon tax from home heating oil for three years was in response to concerns expressed by Liberal MPs in the region. This is a significant step, considering that up to 40 percent of households in Atlantic Canadian provinces use furnace oil for heating.
The Leger survey asked Atlantic Canadians about their views on eliminating the carbon tax across all home heating energy forms. The results showed overwhelming support:
- 77 percent favour carbon tax relief for all
- 13 percent oppose extending the carbon tax exemption
- 10 percent are unsure
Additionally, 58 percent strongly support removing the tax from all heating fuels, while only five percent are firmly opposed.
A breakdown by province revealed majority support – New Brunswick (78 percent), Nova Scotia (77 percent), Prince Edward Island (74 percent), and Newfoundland and Labrador (77 percent) – for removing the carbon tax from all home heating.
“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.”
A political divide has emerged in the House of Commons, with Liberal and Bloc MPs voting against removing the carbon tax from all forms of home heating energy, while NDP and Conservative MPs voted in favour.
The carbon tax is a subject of debate. Proponents argue that it’s an effective tool to combat climate change by reducing emissions and encouraging the development of green technologies. Critics, however, claim it can lead to higher energy costs for consumers and businesses, particularly impacting lower-income households and those in regions heavily reliant on fossil fuels.
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