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N.S. Liberal leader asks Trudeau to halt carbon tax hike

By Kevin Northup Mar 13, 2024 | 12:33 PM

Nova Scotia’s Liberal leader wants to see a planned carbon tax hike be paused.

Zach Churchill has written a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the April 1 increase.

He says life is too expensive for people right now.

“Another increase to the cost of living is going to have a negative impact on a lot of people, including working families. We think we need a pause on the increase to the carbon tax,” said Churchill.

He puts blame on Premier Tim Houston, and says the Premier needs to step-up and negotiate a better deal.

“We want the Premier to negotiate a cap-and-trade, like we had in place with the federal government, or a better deal so Nova Scotians don’t have to face this increase.”

Houston was one of seven Premiers to write to the Prime Minister asking for a pause on the tax.

The Premier said the last thing Nova Scotians need right now is more tax, when we’re experiencing some of the highest inflation numbers in 30 years.