OTTAWA, ON –Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland and Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Natural Resources, is sponsoring a petition calling on the Government of Canada to refrain from unilaterally imposing any national carbon tax or pricing mechanism that would duplicate existing provincial programs and harm Canada’s economic competitiveness domestically, in North America, or internationally.
This week, the Liberal government announced their plan for a federal carbon tax that will force all Canadian jurisdictions to impose this job-killing and price-hiking tax on all Canadians, despite having previously committed to working collaboratively with provinces and territories. In fact, at the time of the Prime Minister’s announcement, Environment Ministers were surprised by the announcement at the beginning of three days of federal meetings and negotiations in Montreal. Ministers from Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia walked out of the meeting.
“Ultimately, it’s Canadians – families, workers, consumers, business owners, the middle class, people on fixed incomes, the working poor, and charities, who are going to pay the high costs and increased prices of all goods and services – the result of yet another tax,” said M.P. Stubbs. “This particular tax will disproportionately target and harm rural, remote and energy-based communities. It’s just another cold-hearted cash grab from this Liberal government.”
“There is a reason a carbon tax has been referred to as a ‘tax on everything’ in the past,” noted petition initiator Bernard Hancock, an oil and gas worker from Vancouver currently employed on a rig in Grande Prairie who has struggled to find work during the downturn. “This tax will increase the already high prices on everything from the gas we put in our cars, to the food we put on our tables. We’re already working hard just to make ends meet, and this will make things even worse.”
M.P. Stubbs questioned the Liberal government’s motives for introducing this tax.
“Canada accounts for less than 2% of global emissions and even expert economists who support carbon taxes say it would have to be astronomically higher to reduce emissions significantly. Neither the U.S. nor any of the other top 6 major oil and gas producing nations in the world are even proposing nor implementing carbon taxes on themselves because it would undermine their competitiveness, and it would harm their communities,” said M.P. Stubbs. “This Liberal carbon tax will take thousands of dollars away from Canadians, their families, and their businesses. There is no guarantee the tax revenue would even be earmarked for environmental management or innovation—it’s a government revenue tool.”
A number of provinces and territories have voiced opposition to this ‘one size fits all’ approach by the Liberal government. Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan has been very vocal in his criticism of this tax, and has received support from the three territorial premiers who oppose a unilateral “made in the South” tax. Additionally, Premier Stephen McNeil of Nova Scotia is concerned that the carbon tax already in place in his province would be negatively affected by a national carbon pricing scheme imposed by the Liberal government.
“I will continue to fight against this additional tax on Canadian workers and families, who will be hurt the most. Hitting them with another tax will make everything more expensive at the very worst time,” said M.P. Stubbs. “I encourage all Canadians who oppose this punitive cash grab by the Liberal government to support, sign and share this petition.”
Concerned Canadians can sign the petition by clicking here.
You can also view one of M.P. Stubbs’ most recent questions in Question Period at this link.