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OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) — Trudeau’s carbon tax is costing Canadians hundreds of dollars annually as government rebates remain insufficient to compensate for the increased fuel prices. 

As Canadians received another “climate action incentive payment” last week, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation pointed out that the rebates fail to make up for the increased costs of fuel across Canada, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s rhetoric to the contrary.  

“The Parliamentary Budget Officer is clear: the carbon tax costs families hundreds of dollars more than the rebates they get back,” said Franco Terrazzano, CTF Federal Director. “The PBO shows politicians are using magic math to mislead Canadians.” 

According to a March 30 report by the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO), the government rebates are insufficient to cover the rising costs of fuel under Trudeau’s carbon tax, leaving Canadians to pay the balance. 

“It simply isn’t credible to believe the feds can raise taxes, skim some off the top for administration costs and somehow make families better off,” Terrazzano said. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should scrap his carbon tax to save families hundreds of dollars every year.” 

The PBO calculated the total carbon tax costs for fuel in 2023 minus the government rebates. The steepest increase is for Albertans, who will pay an average of $710 extra per household. Following Alberta is Ontario with a $478 increase. 

Prince Edward Island households will pay an extra $465, Nova Scotia $431, Saskatchewan $410, Manitoba $386, and Newfoundland and Labrador $347.  

The increased costs are only expected to rise as a recent report revealed that a carbon tax of more than $350 per tonne is needed to reach Trudeau’s net-zero goals by 2050. 

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. 

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 percent to 18 percent year-over-year. 

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.