Carbon Pricing a Burden on the Middle Class – Zimmer
Prince George, B.C. – Bob Zimmer has slammed the federal government for its planned carbon tax.
The Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Conservative MP took aim at the Liberal plan Tuesday in Ottawa.
Zimmer questioned Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
The Trudeau government plans to introduce a $10 per tonne carbon tax by 2018 and plans to increase it to $50 per tonne in 2022.
Zimmer estimates the average taxpayer will have to shoulder the financial burden of having to pay approximately $1,200 in additional taxes that will come with carbon pricing.
He wasn’t satisfied with Duclos’ response that it will be offset by their new Canada Child Benefit and other initiatives.
“I find it difficult to understand how the Liberal government can promote themselves as being for middle class families when they are giving these families these benefits with one hand and then taking them back with the other,” said Zimmer.
“This carbon tax will drastically increase the cost of living for taxpayers and stretch family budgets to the breaking point.”
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation estimates the average Canadian family could be paying almost $2,600 in new taxes each year by 2022 thanks to carbon pricing.