Critical Vote for Liberal MPs Across Northern Ontario on the Carbon Tax

Kenora MP Eric Melillo
Kenora MP Eric Melillo

Conservative Motion Lost As Bloc Votes with Liberals

KENORA – POLITICS – MP Eric Melillo, Member of Parliament for the Kenora Riding, is disappointed Liberal Members of Parliament voted against the Conservative motion to delay carbon tax payments on all forms of home heating.

“After the Liberal Minister for Rural Economic Development said Canadians outside of Atlantic Canada should have voted Liberal if they wanted their home heating carbon tax payments delayed, this was their chance to change course and treat all Canadians equally,” Melillo stated. “The majority of MPs in northern Ontario are Liberals, including a Liberal Minister, but they were missing in action.”

On October 26, 2023, the federal government announced a three-year pause on carbon tax payments for heating oil.

The Conservatives in a statement to NetNewsLedger say:

“Instead of voting for our common sense Conservative motion to take the carbon tax off home heating, Viviane Lapointe, Marc Serré, Anthony Rota, Marcus Powlowski, and Patty Hajdu all voted to keep the tax on just as winter is approaching.

“Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax pause for home heating oil is nothing but a gimmick and a scam. It does nothing to help 97 percent of Canadian households. And not only are Liberals refusing to offer relief to struggling Canadians, they all support quadrupling the tax and punishing Canadians even more.

“This carbon tax chaos has created two classes of Canadians. When asked why the carbon tax was paused for only a select few, the Liberal Rural Affairs Minister said that if other Canadians wanted to be able to afford to heat their homes or feed their kids, they should have elected more Liberals.

“If that’s the case, why aren’t Canadians in Sudbury, North Bay, and Thunder Bay feeling the relief? Why did Liberal MPs like Viviane Lapointe, Marc Serré, Anthony Rota, Marcus Powlowski, and Patty Hajdu vote to make the lives of the people who voted for them more expensive?

Justin Trudeau isn’t making decisions to benefit Canadians. He’s making decisions to try and save himself. And Northern Ontarians are paying the price.”

“Conservatives are ready to pass legislation immediately to axe the carbon taxes and bring home lower prices for all Canadians,” Melillo added. “If the Liberals won’t do it, a Conservative government will.”

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