Premiers Push Trudeau Government to Extend Tax Exemption to all Home Heating Fuels
OTTAWA – POLITICS – In a unified stance emerging nearly two weeks after the federal government’s decision to remove home heating oil from the carbon pricing list, provincial premiers have now taken a stand. They are urging Ottawa to expand the carbon price exemptions to encompass all home heating fuels.
This comes in the wake of the Liberal government’s October 26 announcement that singled out home heating oil—a primary source of warmth for many in the Atlantic provinces—for a three-year respite from carbon pricing.
Despite the growing pressure from provincial leaders, the Liberals, operating under a minority government, have stood their ground on Parliament Hill.
Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault has been particularly vocal, indicating his potential resignation should the government yield to demands for additional exemptions.
This hardline stance was evident as the Liberals, backed by the Bloc Québécois, managed to quash a Conservative motion aimed at extending the exemption to all home heating fuels. The defeat signifies a clear message from the ruling party: the carbon pricing structure, as it stands, will not be subject to further amendments.