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432-00545 (Taxation)

Paper petition

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons to the following:

Whereas, the current pandemic is causing significant disruptions to business models;

Whereas, during the 2019 Federal election, then federal environment minister said the carbon tax would be frozen at $50 a tonne annually as of 2022;

Whereas, the Liberal Government has repeatedly told Canadians that the Carbon Tax would be revenue neutral for most taxpayers;

Whereas, low- and middle-income Canadians are already overtaxed;

Whereas, the first-ever annual carbon tax revenue report indicates tax collections were as much as 21% higher than rebates paid to taxpayers in four provinces - Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick;

Whereas, the 'A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy' plan now proposes to increase the Carbon Tax to $170 per tonne as of 2030.

Therefore we, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to keep its promise to Canadians and not increase the Carbon Tax beyond $50 per tonne.

Response by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): The Honourable Chrystia Freeland

The Government of Canada knows that climate change presents a threat to our long-term health and economic prosperity. Even in these challenging times, good environmental policy and addressing climate change matter.

Putting a price on pollution is an important part of Canada’s future, and the Government is doing this in a way that maintains affordability for households and ensures the competitiveness of Canadian companies. All of the direct proceeds generated by the federal pollution pricing system are returned to the province or territory of origin.  The price on pollution is revenue neutral to the federal government.

In jurisdictions that have not proposed their own fuel charge consistent with the federal benchmark criteria – Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta – the federal price on pollution is in place. In those provinces, approximately 90 percent of direct proceeds from the fuel charge are returned to residents of those provinces through Climate Action Incentive payments. Most households get more in Climate Action Incentive payments than the increased costs they face from the federal pollution pricing system. The remaining fuel charge proceeds are used to support small businesses, schools, universities, municipalities, and Indigenous groups.

Our Government will continue to take further action as required to ensure that the health of Canadians is protected, that families and businesses are supported, and that our economy remains strong in the face of uncertainty.

To this end, our Government recently proposed to increase the price on pollution through to 2030, and will continue to provide support to Canadians so that the majority of households will continue to be better off. Going forward, the federal price will continue to be revenue neutral for the Government of Canada, and we remain committed to ensuring that the federal price on pollution remains affordable, and to helping households to make investments to increase energy efficiency and further reduce emissions.

Continuing to increase the price on pollution is a central part of our proposal for a strengthened climate plan. Pollution pricing can help us achieve our environmental goals and economic ambitions at the same time.

Presented to the House of Commons
Greg McLean (Calgary Centre)
February 23, 2021 (Petition No. 432-00545)
Government response tabled
April 12, 2021
Photo - Greg McLean
Calgary Centre
Conservative Caucus
Alberta

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