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Monday, June 24, 2019

Huron Bruce MP Weighs In On Federal Carbon Tax

Huron-Bruce | by Peter Jackson  

Ben Lobb says Ottawa is imposing its political will, after the province opted out of the federal tax

Gas prices have come down from a bit what we saw in the spring, but the federal carbon tax continues to take a bite out of summer travel plans.

Huron-Bruce Conservative MP Ben Lobb says it's "an interesting time" to see Ottawa override the desire of a single province on a policy decision.

Motorists in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba saw gas prices spike in April, when the federal carbon tax took effect.

All four provinces opted out of the levy, with the Ford government saying Ontario is doing its bit to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

A graphic on the province's environment and energy website points to a three per-cent increase in carbon emissions in areas of Canada outside Ontario since 2005.

The website claims in the same graphic, that greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario dropped by 22 per-cent in the same period.

The Tories at Queen's Park ended the Liberal cap-and-trade program for fossil fuel emissions when they were elected a year ago.

Lobb predicts the federal Liberal government will face a tougher challenge to its carbon tax regime, now that a right-wing government under Premier Jason Kenney has been elected in Alberta.

The Huron-Bruce MP believes energy users in Ontario will become frustrated when they learn that the maximum $307 tax credit they receive, won't come close to the extra expense the carbon tax creates.

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