Justin Trudeau’s math skills are letting Canadians down again.
According to Canada’s Prime Minister, an increased carbon tax that will raise fuel prices by as much as 40-cents per litre over the next 10 years will actually put more money in your pocket.
“Our plan will improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings to cut energy waste while also helping people cut down on their bills,” said Trudeau on Friday while announcing carbon tax will increase from $30 per tonne to $170 per tonne by 2030.
“Starting in 2023, we will put even more money in the pockets of Canadians by increasing the price on pollution by $15 a ton per year,” he added.
How will money get in Canadians’ pockets? Apparently, through a rebate program.
However conservative environment critic Dan Albas disagreed that Canadians will benefit from the Liberals’ plan. He suggested that it will only increase the cost of living in Canada as Trudeau’s government makes it costlier to make the products that Canadians consume, including food.
“This increase will mean that Canadians will pay more for groceries, home heating, and add up to 37.57 cents per litre to the cost of gas,” Albas said.
Overall, the Liberals are investing $15.2 billion taxpayer dollars to the carbon program which the goal of eliminating greenhouse gasses through energy efficiency and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels.
Items in the Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy plan include:
- $1.5 billion for green and inclusive community buildings (10 per cent reserved for Indigenous communities)
- $2.6 billion for homeowners making their homes more energy efficient
- $287 million for the Incentives for Zero- Emission Vehicles program ($5,000 on a light-duty zero-emission vehicle)
- $150 million in charging and refueling stations across Canada
- $964 million for renewable energy and grid modernization projects
- $300 million to aid rural, remote and Indigenous communities in the switch to clean energy