For Immediate Release

Honesty and Transparency Needed on Job-Killing Liberal Carbon Tax

St. John’s, NL (June 19, 2018) – Today, the PC Official Opposition caucus is raising concerns surrounding the Liberal Government’s continued commitment to the federally imposed carbon tax.

“While addressing industry delegates at the NOIA conference this morning, Premier Ball spoke about his desire to make Newfoundland and Labrador more attractive to oil industry investors. Despite this, the Ball Liberals are continuing to recklessly support the implementation of a federally imposed carbon tax which will do the opposite,” said Keith Hutchings, Opposition Finance Critic

“The decision by the Ball Liberals to support this new tax is detrimental to our economy at a time when unemployment rates are double the national average. We need sound economic policy that supports industry in creating jobs – not nationally-imposed policies that will hurt our economy and make life more expensive for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

These renewed concerns raised by the PC Caucus comes just days after the Government of Ontario announced they would be joining the Saskatchewan’s Government lawsuit to stop this federally imposed tax. However, the Ball Liberals remain committed to the new tax while refusing to offer details on what it will cost Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Earlier this year, the Ball Liberals even voted against a motion to relieve Newfoundland and Labrador of any obligation to pay carbon tax despite the province’s significant investments in hydro power generation.

“The Ball Liberal government continues to blindly support the federally imposed carbon tax without being honest and transparent with the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Barry Petten, Opposition Environment Critic

“Not only are they refusing to tell the people of this province what this new tax-grab will cost our hard-working families, they have failed to outline how this will adequately address the real issues of climate change. The Liberals have an obligation to tell people how much more pain they expect people to bear, and why.”

Devin Drover
Director of Communications