New Brunswick PC Leader Blaine Higgs joins Federal and Atlantic Canadian Official Opposition Leaders to Oppose Trudeau’s Carbon Tax
On February 8, 2017, Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rona Ambrose, along with the leaders of the four Atlantic PC parties: Jamie Baillie of Nova Scotia; Blaine Higgs of New Brunswick; Paul Davis of Newfoundland and Labrador, and interim Leader Jamie Fox of Prince Edward Island, issued a joint statement criticizing the Trudeau government on imposing carbon taxes on the provinces.
In the joint statement, the PC Party leaders advocate that: “Not only will [a Trudeau carbon tax] increase the price of food, transportation, and fuel, but it will also make virtually everything more expensive. Atlantic Canadians can’t afford the increase nor should they have to accept it.”
Recently elected leader of the New Brunswick PC Party, Blaine Higgs, has already indicated that he wants the 2018 New Brunswick election to be fought over carbon taxes. He has said that New Brunswick needs a government with a backbone to face off against Trudeau's imposition of carbon taxes and a carbon tax in New Brunswick would hurt the economy.
Carbon taxes would end up costing millions in power generation, a cost that would be passed down to working taxpayers in New Brunswick, through higher rates.