Nov 16, 2023
By Bob Komsic
A majority in this country would scrap or temporarily cut Ottawa’s carbon tax.
Those are two of the findings in a just released survey from Angus Reid Institute.
It shows 42% of Canadians want the tax abolished, while a further 17% would like it reduced for the next three-years and one-quarter would hold off on any future increases.
The survey also reveals ”a profound lack of awareness, and misconceptions about how much tax they believe they pay, whether they receive a rebate and the extent to which they are ahead or behind financially once that rebate is paid.”
Last month, the prime minister announced a three-year carbon tax exemption for home heating oil and higher carbon tax rebates mostly for Atlantic Canadians.
That sparked demands from other provinces for similar concessions.
One of those provinces, Saskatchewan, says new legislation would enable it to stop collecting the tax on natural gas bills on January 1, while providing legal protection for those at its energy Crown corporation, SaskEnergy.