B.C. carbon tax increase will start being felt at the pumps on April 1

B.C. carbon tax increase will start being felt at the pumps on April 1
A woman fills up on gas in Saanich in this file photo.

Get ready to pay more for gas starting Monday. B.C. Is going ahead with its provincial carbon tax hike on April 1, 2024.

The 23 per cent hike will see the provincial carbon tax rise by $65 to $80 per tonne.

For drivers, that increase means you will see an extra 3.3 cents per litre each time you fill up.

B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman claims the tax — which was the first of its kind in Canada — has been effective in reducing emissions.

But BC United is calling for it to be scrapped altogether as soaring inflation leads to a cost crunch for many British Columbians.

Last week, Federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre told CHEK News that he thinks the tax is harming British Columbians when affordability and housing costs are at a crisis point.

“My message to the NDP premier and to Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh is get your hands out of the pockets of British Columbians,” he said in an interview on March 17.

“Let them afford food, gas and heat once again.”

B.C. Premier David Eby responded to recent attack ads from the Federal Conservative party saying that the tax increase is also required for British Columbians to receive rebate cheques this year.

“The fact we face is that if we followed Mr. Poilievre’s suggestion there would be less money returned to British Columbians after April 1 than there would be if the federal government administered this increase directly,” said Eby on March 15.

B.C. was the first province in Canada to create a carbon tax in 2008 and continues to control the tax, though it has agreed to follow a schedule of increases set by Ottawa.



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