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Three N.S. party leaders agree on carbon tax pause

By Caitlin Snow Oct 27, 2023 | 12:37 PM

The federal government has announced they will put a pause on the carbon tax for home heating oil and all three political leaders in the province agree with the decision.

This comes after Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement Thursday, to give people more time to make the transition to heat pumps and electric heating.

Premier Tim Houston says the move is a good first step.

Liberal Leader Zach Churchill says the decision is a good thing but both him and Houston agree they could go even further by removing the tax on gas.

Churchill says Nova Scotia needs the infrastructure to help get people off gas powered vehicles.

NDP Leader Claudia Chender says the pause should help ease the pain of inflation, with the cost of living and oil not getting any cheaper.

Meanwhile, the MP for West Nova says they’ve been calling on the Liberals to act on the Carbon Tax for months.

Chris d’Entremont says pausing the tax on home heating oil is a ‘half-step’ in the right direction.

He says Trudeau’s announcement came because of Pierre Poilievre’s ‘Axe the Tax’ rally in Nova Scotia Thursday.

In an interview with our newsroom d’Entremont said the tax is negatively affecting the Liberals in the polls, and they are realizing they need to make a change.

“There were over 700 to 1,000 people showed up to see Pierre Polievre talk about axing the carbon tax; did the Liberals actually acquis and say, ‘we are going to do something different for Altantic Canadians’,” said d’Entremont.

d’Entremont noted the tax is negatively affecting Liberal MP’s in the polls, and they’re realizing they need to make a change.

While federal conservative leader Pierre Polievre said the pause on the carbon tax for home heating oil does nothing for 97 percent of Atlantic Canadians.

Polievre said the new initiative is an admission by the Trudeau government the tax is hurting Canadians.

The carbon tax went into effect July 1.