Scrapping the Trudeau carbon tax will be our top priority

January 21, 2019

Justin Trudeau's carbon tax begins to take effect this year, meaning that Saskatchewanians already struggling to get ahead will soon have another tax to pay.

Farmers, truckers, loggers, energy producers, miners, and other Saskatchewan small businesses are upset that the Trudeau government has brought on another tax that their international competitors don’t have. And while Trudeau claims that farmers will be exempt, the reality is the cost of inputs like parts and fertilizer will increase due to his carbon tax. Increase fuel costs will drive up the cost of pretty much everything.

While Liberals claim that their new tax is about saving the environment, they have given large emitters massive exemptions. Most firms that produce 50 megatons of carbon will not face penalties until their emissions reach 80 per cent of the average within their specific industry. This is nothing more than a tax grab on Canadian families. It will only make groceries, gasoline and home heating more expensive.

The Government of Saskatchewan has estimated that Trudeau’s carbon tax plan will negatively impact the Saskatchewan economy by $1.8 billion annually. That is why it presented him with a plan that did not include a carbon tax. The ‘Made in Saskatchewan’ plan instead implements provincial performance standards for large emitters to achieve a total emissions intensity reduction of 10 per cent by 2030. Yet because the Saskatchewan plan does not include a carbon tax, Trudeau has chosen to federally impose one. It will massively increase in years to come.

While Trudeau's carbon tax starts at $20 a ton, rising to $50 in three years, internal government documents confirm the Liberals are already planning for a carbon tax of $300 a tonne. That's 15 times larger than what it will be this year. At that rate, the average Canadian family will pay $1,000 more to heat their home in the winter, and gasoline prices will jump more than 60 cents a litre.

Saskatchewanians simply can't afford a re-elected Trudeau government.

Canada's former parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette predicted in an April 2018 report that Trudeau’s carbon tax will cut economic growth in Canada by 0.5 per cent or $10 billion dollars when it's fully implemented in 2022. It will cost Saskatchewan $310 million this year, and jump to $765 million in three years according to the Department of Finance. It is nothing more than a federal tax grab.

Canada’s Conservatives led by Prime Minister Andrew Scheer will make scrapping Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax their top priority.

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