OTTAWA – The last House of Commons’ Human Resources (HUMA) committee meeting saw the Liberal members vote against studying the effects of a Carbon Tax on low income families.
The vote took place on November 3rd. One NDP member also voted against opening a study.
Conservative members of the committee argued that, as low income families spend a large amount of income on things like heat, gas and groceries, they will be harder hit by a tax on carbon than higher income families.
Local MP Bob Zimmer questions why the Liberals won’t study the harsh impacts the tax could impose.
“Over the course of this study we have asked groups such as Statistics Canada and the Department of Employment and Social Development if they have done any study on the impact of the carbon tax on the poverty rate, the answer has been, without fail, “no”. Why is the Liberal government unwilling to perform due diligence on how their policies will affect the average Canadian?”
According to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the average Canadian family could be paying almost $2,600 in new taxes each year by 2022 if a new Carbon Tax is put into play.