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Premier Blaine Higgs speaking at the 2023 State of the Province address. Image: Fredericton Chamber of Commerce

Cancel planned carbon tax hike: Higgs

By Brad Perry Mar 13, 2024 | 6:13 AM

New Brunswick’s premier wants the prime minister to do something about the carbon tax.

The call from Blaine Higgs comes just weeks before the carbon tax is set to rise once again.

“Since imposing his carbon tax six years ago, New Brunswickers have been subject to brutal increases every single year,” Higgs said in a statement posted to the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

“These make the cost of everyday items such as food, fuel and groceries more expensive, driving up the cost of living for everyone.”

New Brunswick’s premier has long called for the federal Liberal government to cancel the tax altogether.

Higgs says if he will not cancel it outright, Trudeau should at least pause the increase scheduled for April 1.

That increase will push the price of gasoline up by more than three cents per litre, according to the federal government.

“The urgency is real, and Canadians deserve better than this. Justin Trudeau must listen to [Canadians] and stop making life more expensive,” said Higgs.