OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – Canada’s top taxpayer watchdog group called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop his looming “second” federal carbon tax scheduled to go into effect on July 1 that will cost the average Canadian family hundreds more dollars in fuel costs to fill up their car.
“Canadians need another carbon tax like we need a kick in the head,” said Franco Terrazzano, who serves as the federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) in a press release.
“The Parliamentary Budget Office is clear: Trudeau’s second carbon tax will cost families hundreds of dollars.”
The CTF said that it is “calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to back away from his plan to impose a second carbon tax this week on July 1.”
“Families can’t afford to pay more for a useless tax that won’t help the environment,” noted Terrazzano, adding, “If Trudeau truly cares about making life more affordable, then he would scrap his carbon taxes.”
Canadians were faced with a hike to the first carbon tax in April.
On top of raising the current tax, the second carbon tax, which takes effect on Canada Day, is a form of new “clean fuel” regulations that mandate more ethanol in gasoline. The new fuel standards will see the price of gasoline go up by 17 cents per liter by 2030.
The new rules mandate that all refiners at the point of fuel distribution increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline, and biofuels in diesel, as part of what the government’s plan to “reduce the carbon intensity” of traditional fuels by 15 percent by 2030.
If fuel refiners choose not to increase ethanol content, they will be then forced to purchase credits. Either way, this means the cost of gasoline goes up for the consumer.
It is estimated that by 2030 both carbon taxes together will make up 55 cents per liter toward the cost of fuel.
LifeSiteNews reported last year that this second carbon tax will cost the average Canadian worker an extra $1,277 annually.
The “clean fuel” regulations come straight from Trudeau as part of his constantly growing “climate change” agenda, which many Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) critics have said is contributing to the cost-of-living crisis in the nation.
The Trudeau government’s current environmental goals – which are 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 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 in which Trudeau and some of his cabinet are involved.
The CTF provided a breakdown of how much the second carbon tax will cost Canadians in each province, with Alberta and Saskatchewan, the country’s largest oil and gas producing provinces, getting hit with the highest increases.
The province of Alberta has fought back the first carbon tax by axing its own provincial fuel tax of 13 cents per liter, until next year.
As for the Trudeau government’s radical climate change programs, recent research from his own Privy Council office shows that many Canadians are not on board with his government’s “climate change” agenda.
Despite mainstream media and many government officials claiming the science is “settled” on “climate change,” a June 2017 peer-reviewed study by two scientists and a veteran statistician confirmed that most of the recent global warming data have been “fabricated by climate scientists to make it look more frightening.”
No less than three western Canadian premiers, from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, have blasted the suggestion that the federal government could take control of a province’s natural resources via radical climate legislation, calling the idea “dangerous” for national unity.
Despite this, two weeks ago the Trudeau government went ahead with the tabling of its “Sustainable Jobs Act” – a piece of legislation that is part of the government’s “Just Transition” climate plan of achieving net-zero carbon emissions over the two decades.
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith blasted Trudeau’s “just transition” bill and has vowed it will not be enforced in Alberta.