MP Zimmer Concerned About the Effects of a Carbon Tax on Low-Income Families

OTTAWA – Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Deputy Critic for Families, Children and Social Development, questioned officials from the Department of Employment and Social Development, the Department of Finance, and Statistics Canada today.

Mr. Zimmer questioned whether or not any of the departments had been asked to do a costing on the impact of the Liberal carbon tax on low income Canadians.

“We simply cannot allow our seniors and young families, who are already struggling to put food on the table, to be subjected to additional tax grabs. It’s troubling that they have no idea how these low-income Canadians will be affected,” said Mr. Zimmer.

According to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the average Canadian family could be paying almost $2,600 in new taxes each year by 2022 thanks to carbon pricing.

Currently the Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Committee, of which Mr. Zimmer is co-chair, is conducting a study on poverty.


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