FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 2, 2023 — Barrie-Innisfil Member of Parliament John Brassard is unwaveringly advocating for families, seniors and young people by supporting a Conservative motion that calls on the government to pause the federal carbon tax on all forms of home heating in every region of Canada until the next federal election. The motion, introduced by Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, also aims to empower Canadians to support the Conservative plan to Axe the Tax in the next election.

MPs are expected to vote on Poilievre’s motion in the House of Commons on Monday, Nov.6.

Brassard underscores the urgency of the upcoming vote, emphasizing the need to provide all Canadians with relief from the carbon tax as the winter season approaches.

“I understand the pain and hardship faced by a growing number of people who are struggling to put food on the table and heat their homes, and the anxiety they are feeling as winter approaches,” Brassard said. “At a time when so many are hurting, we need to find ways to make life more affordable for all Canadians. That’s exactly what this motion is asking the government to do because no Canadian should have to choose between eating and heating.”

Justin Trudeau’s decision announced last week to temporarily pause the carbon tax on home heating oil primarily in Atlantic Canada creates an inherent unfairness for all Canadians grappling with the rising costs housing, food and home heating.

One year ago Conservatives introduced a motion in the House to eliminate the carbon tax on home heating for ALL Canadians; a motion that was defeated by the NDP-Liberal coalition. Since 2017, Conservatives have tabled 22 Bills and Motions aimed at reducing or repealing the carbon tax, with the primary goal of enhancing affordability for Canadians – efforts thwarted by the NDP-Liberal coalition.

“After eight years of Justin Trudeau, everything costs more and life has become simply unaffordable for many,” Brassard said. “I will be voting YES to Pierre Poilievre’s motion on Monday because Barrie-Innisfil residents should not be burdened with the punishing carbon tax on their home heating bills.”