Starting today on Monday, April 1, a carbon tax was implemented in several provinces across Canada by the federal government. This move has been met with criticism from many, including their political opposition. Canadians have been protesting Justin Trudeau's new carbon tax but Justin Trudeau continues to defend it.
The new carbon tax will lead to increases in costs for gas, heating, natural gas and propane. For instance, gas stations are already seeing increased prices from the carbon tax today.
Canadians across the country have been protesting this new tax from the federal government. In light of all this, prime minister Justin Trudeau has continued to defend the new carbon tax.
He posted and retweeted several tweets on Twitter today defending the carbon tax and arguing that it helps Canadians. His latest tweet was just a couple of hours ago, and the prime minister said that the new tax would actually be beneficial for Canadians and make "life more affordable" for them.
Check out what Justin Trudeau had to say on Twitter below.
Starting today, we’re making big polluters pay, and giving the money right back to Canadians – to keep our communities clean & healthy, and make your life more affordable. Claim your Climate Action Incentive when you file your taxes this year: https://t.co/bOc19k4qbB pic.twitter.com/h8Qbw7iNnE— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 1, 2019
On top of this, he also posted another tweet just earlier this morning two hours ago and said that the carbon tax is to help "our kids" have a "cleaner and healthier Canada tomorrow".
The answer to climate change is clear: we need to act now. And that’s what we’re doing. Starting today, it’s no longer free to pollute anywhere in Canada. pic.twitter.com/VOEM76iFT6— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 1, 2019
The prime minister has also retweeted other tweets that claim the new carbon tax will help Canadians, such as tweets from Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and the Liberal Party.
100% of the proceeds will be returned to the province in which they were collected. While 90% will be returned directly to the residents of the province, 10% will be used to support small businesses, schools, hospitals, and communities. ➡️ https://t.co/TmTSBU4D8K pic.twitter.com/1QWGeUItsp— Catherine McKenna 🇨🇦 (@cathmckenna) March 31, 2019
Starting tomorrow, it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada. Our plan makes polluters pay and gives the money back to people - investing directly back into the province or territory where it was raised. pic.twitter.com/bCsVLyB73q— Liberal Party (@liberal_party) March 31, 2019
However, it looks like these tweets are doing little to ease the minds of many Canadians. In response to Justin Trudeau's new tweets today on the carbon tax, several Canadians continue to protest and slam the federal government's new initiative.
Check out what they had to say in response to Justin Trudeau's tweets on the carbon tax.
How is taxing gas at the pump sticking it to anybody but me? Askin’ for a friend 🤔— Marjorie Meldrum (@MeldrumMarjorie) April 1, 2019
You just make me ill. Can’t wait for October. #seeya2019— kkach (@kkachur) April 1, 2019
but come election time--I can vote you out--and campaign to get you out-bye bye --I will never understand how this country could trust another Trudeau. pic.twitter.com/e2QUeP07sG— Renee (@LivinMyBst) April 1, 2019
Thanks, I already used my measly rebate to fill up my tank in the States and that's what I'll do to make my life more affordable until you're voted out in Oct.— Holly Woudstra (@HollyWoudstra) April 1, 2019
starting today we believe that Canadians are making way too much money so we will increase the gasoline prices so everything will go up for you Canadians thank you— John (@Panzeradier) April 1, 2019
Cdns already heavily in debt going even further in debt. Arrogant PM out of touch with average folks trying to make ends meet! 👎🏼🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/TcAFAGLBBb— The Rat (@bootscootin) April 1, 2019
October is coming.— Lina Delora (@Lina_Delora) April 1, 2019
Thank you for taxing the great citizens of this country while they go day to day about their business of trying to make a living and giving a carbon free pass taxe on the biggest polluters of this country.... you Sir are truly out of touch with the people you swear to serve.— PB (@Switch140) April 1, 2019
How much will Your Carbon Tax cool the climate? Or even slow the warming? I’ll donate $50 to a charity of your choice if you can give one reasonable answer— Adam (@adambomb_7) April 1, 2019
The Liberal government is forecasting that the carbon tax will help significantly reduce emissions by 2022.
The government will be providing rebates to residents of the provinces where the tax is imposed – Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. For instance in Ontario, around $300 is expected to be credited back to households by the government annually.