FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (LifeSiteNews) — A New Brunswick report revealed that a carbon tax of more than $350 per tonne is needed to reach Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s net-zero goals by 2050.
According to “Pathways to Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions in New Brunswick” published last week, “strong and compulsory policies” are necessary for Trudeau’s climate goals to be achieved by 2050.
“Both New Brunswick and the federal government have established a target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050,” the report prepared for New Brunswick’s Climate Change Secretariat read. “Such a target implies reducing emissions to as close to zero as possible while counter-balancing any remaining emissions through carbon dioxide removals from the atmosphere.”
“Under the ERP scenario, the gap to net zero is 6 Mt in 2050,” the research continued. “The implication is that strong and compulsory policies are required to close this gap.”
“These policies would entail an effective carbon price of over $350 dollars (2020 CAD) per tonne by mid-century (i.e., a carbon price of that level or a comparable suite of regulatory policies that achieve the same effect),” it concluded.
Currently, Canadians living in provinces under the federal carbon pricing scheme pay $65 per tonne, but the Trudeau government has a goal of $170 per tonne by 2030.
LifeSiteNews reported last year that Trudeau’s second carbon tax that took effect in July will cost the average Canadian worker an extra $1,277 annually.
Despite the Trudeau government’s attempts to hide his climate regulations effects on the economy, a recent report showed that food prices are rising faster than the headline inflation rate – the overall inflation rate in the country – as staple food items are increasing at a rate of 10% to 18% year over year.
Additionally, Canadian Taxpayers Federation federal director Franco Terrazzano warned that the federal government will likely increase the carbon tax in the future.
“The feds have consistently misled Canadians, so taxpayers should be worried that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will continue cranking up his carbon taxes,” Terrazzano told LifeSiteNews.
“The carbon tax is a rip-off. It doesn’t cut emissions, it just cuts family budgets,” he added. “Making it more expensive to fill up your car or grocery cart in Canada does nothing to reduce emissions in places like China, India, Russia or the United States.”
“Carbon taxes don’t help the environment, they just make life more expensive,” Terrazzano declared. “Trudeau should scrap his carbon taxes to provide real relief.”
New Brunswick is one of many provinces to fight the federally imposed climate regulations, warning they will make life even harder for Canadians.
“It just seems to be a pile-on of additional costs,” Premier Blaine Higgs said during a meeting with other provinces in July. “Let’s get some recognition for the impact this is having on everyday lives.”
Despite numerous reports indicating Canadians are experiencing financial hardship, the Trudeau government has largely ignored the pleas of those asking for help while consistently denying their policies have any impact on inflation or the economy more broadly.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland recently refused Newfoundland and Labrador’s appeal to pause clean fuel regulations and reduce the carbon tax as Maritimers struggle to make ends meet.
However, some western provinces have declared they will not follow some of the government’s new regulations but instead focus on the well-being of their citizens.
Alberta and Saskatchewan have repeatedly promised to place the interests of their people above the Trudeau government’s “unconstitutional” demands while consistently reminding the federal government that their infrastructures and economies depend upon oil, gas, and coal.
The Trudeau government’s current environmental goals – in lockstep with the United Nations’ “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” – include phasing out coal-fired power plants, reducing fertilizer usage, and curbing natural gas use over the coming decades.
The reduction and eventual elimination of the use of so-called “fossil fuels” and a transition to unreliable “green” energy has also been pushed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) – the globalist group behind the socialist “Great Reset” agenda – an organization in which Trudeau and some of his cabinet are involved.