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Today MHA Barry Petten, Opposition Environment Critic, is urging Premier Ball to halt any secret plans to bring forward a carbon tax.
Friday, October 5, 2018

St. John’s, NL (October 4, 2018) – Today MHA Barry Petten, Opposition Environment Critic, is urging Premier Ball to halt any secret plans to bring forward a carbon tax.

“This week, another province has announced their plan to fight against the punitive federal carbon tax being imposed by Justin Trudeau,” said Petten

“This cash-grab will do nothing but make life more expensive for our families, and take money out of our economy. I urge the Premier to halt his secret plans to bring forward a carbon tax, and be honest with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about how much this will cost.”

Petten refers to a recent announcement from Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, who announced that their province would not be introducing a carbon tax. In doing so, Manitoba joins the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan who also oppose the federal plan. 

“The federal carbon tax plan is falling apart, and now it’s time for Premier Ball to explain whether or not he is still planning to move forward with this new tax here,” added Petten

“And, if he is planning to bring forward this tax, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians deserve to know why Premier Ball and the Liberals think residents of the province can afford another new tax while already struggling under this high-tax Liberal economic agenda. It is time for Liberals to stand up for constituents and demand information from their own government. Ordinary Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are paying the price for their silence.”

In August, Premier Ball made comments to the Telegram that he would consider bringing a carbon tax similar to what is in place in Alberta. Currently, Alberta places a $30 per tonne cost on carbon. Economists estimate that a $30 per tonne carbon tax here would cost the average Newfoundland and Labrador household $516

“A $30 per tonne cost on carbon will cost hard-working families over five hundred dollars per year. Our families can not afford this,” said Petten

“We need transparency from the Premier and his Liberal government immediately on what price he wishes to charge for carbon, if any, and how this cash-grab will meaningfully address the real issues of climate change.”

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