Yukoners can’t afford a national carbon tax, MPs hear

August 1, 2016

TWO HILLS, AB – Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland and Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Natural Resources and David Yurdiga, Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray – Cold Lake and Official Opposition Critic for Northern Affairs, recently traveled to Yukon to meet with key natural resources, business, First Nation and territorial leaders.

The Trudeau Liberal government has said they will introduce a national carbon-pricing scheme in the fall. Canada’s territorial premiers came out strongly against any national one-size-fits-all carbon tax Canada’s premiers in Yukon three weeks ago.

During their meetings in Whitehorse, M.P. Stubbs and M.P. Yurdiga heard resoundingly from community leaders that a national carbon tax would be a devastating blow to their resource-rich territory, in particular the mining industry already struggling with low commodity prices.

“Ultimately it’s Canadian families, business owners and the middle class who are going to pay the increased prices of all goods and services, the guaranteed result of yet another tax. This unnecessary tax will disproportionately target and harm rural, northern and natural resources-based communities in Yukon and across Canada,” said M.P. Stubbs. “Piling on more costs, especially during such challenging times, will only make things so much worse. It is a cold-hearted cash grab Canadians just cannot afford.”

The Yukon is currently reliant on fossil fuels in many communities to heat homes, power businesses and support their economy. They are investing in innovation, renewable resources and lowering consumption, but a one-size-fits-all approach just isn’t feasible in all parts of Canada.

“Yukon is already at the end of a very long supply chain, with increased costs and challenging economic realities,” said M.P. Stubbs. “Any additional tax will cripple businesses and put undue strain on family budgets. It’s not simply a matter of reducing consumption or making choices in northern communities in Yukon and other territories.”

M.P. Stubbs and M.P. Yurdiga assured Yukoners with whom they met that the Official Opposition recognizes that any national climate change framework must respect provincial and territorial jurisdiction and give special consideration to the geographic and economic realities faced by northerners. The Conservative caucus will ensure the voices of Yukoners are heard, and not forgotten.

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