Furey's Flip-Flop on Trudeau's Carbon Tax Provides Little Comfort to Residents: Petten


For Immediate Release


(April 1, 2024, St. John’s, N.L):  Under the Trudeau-Furey Liberals, life just got more expensive. Today, Barry Petten, PC Official Opposition House Leader (MHA, Conception Bay South), called out Premier Furey for his flip-flop on Trudeau's costly carbon tax, which imposed another 23% increase on the cost of living in our province. The Furey–Trudeau plan is set to increase the carbon tax to 37 cents per litre by 2030.

"It is laughable that the Premier is sending letters to Ottawa using the same argument our Caucus used in the House of Assembly against the carbon tax," said Petten. Yet, the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador remember it was the Furey Liberals who introduced the carbon tax to the province. His government passed it into law, and then his government increased it. Andrew Furey's sudden awakening to the negative implications of a carbon tax is too little, too late."

The Premier's recent letter to Ottawa also noted that his partner's costly tax unduly impacted our rural population, sizeable geographic land mass, and lack of public transit. Petten believes Furey should have considered these factors before his government imposed the expensive tax on the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in the first place.

"The carbon tax is a punitive tax on hardworking Newfoundlanders and Labradorians—especially those living in rural parts of our province. On top of the Trudeau-Furey carbon tax, our residents already pay the Furey-Trudeau Clean Fuel Standard and the Furey Liberal sugar tax, leaving seniors, middle-income families, and others to see costly tax increases at every turn. It's time to spike the hike and axe the tax so you pay less and bring home more for good."






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