At the beginning of this year, Canadians were welcomed with a New Years' gift, courtesy of the federal government, a carbon tax increase.
The carbon tax is a levy that the federal goverment has applied to fossil fuels. On gasoline, the tax went from 4.49 cents a litre to 6.73 cents a litre, diesel from 5.35 cents to 8.03 cents and propane from 3.08 cents to 4.62 cents a litre.
During Kevin Sorenson's visit to the valley on Monday May 14, Drum FM asked for his professional opinion about the carbon tax.
"Our economy is growing a bit, not nearly as fast as what the United States economy is growing at," said the MP for Battle River Crowfoot. "A lot of that has to do with increasing oil prices. As oil prices go up, more and more people are being hired. That's good news, that puts people back to work, that creates jobs."
"The bad news is when governments throw taxes on top of it all. It stifles growth, stifles local economy," frowned Sorenson. "If you're not paying a buck thirty-nine, if it isn't too much yet, HOLD ON! Because as the carbon tax goes up, you're going to see every cost to everything going up. Including heating your homes."
Sorenson further commented that Canada is one of the coldest climates in the world, yet our provincial and federal goverments are gouging it's citizens trying to heat their homes.
"It's unfair and we're (Sorenson's office) standing up to it," he concluded. "More and more, people are seeing there are consequences to who we elect, both federally and provincially."
The federal government is hoping to offset twhat Mr. and Ms. taxpayer will spend on gas by the end of the year with an increased tax break up to a maximum of $540.00 in 2019.