Seniors feel burden for living due to costly Federal Carbon Tax
Ontario challenges to Court of Appeal
April 5, 2019
Global Korean Post
Ontario’s government stands up for seniors and remains committed to fighting against increased living costs caused by the imposition of a burdensome federal carbon tax.
On April 2nd, the second day with the carbon tax, Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, met with two Ontario seniors to talk about how the federal government’s carbon tax will impact their household costs.
“Everything goes up!” Mrs. Poopalasingham said in a press conference.
Federal carbon tax is making an impact on seniors’ pocketbooks, seniors’ centres and other essential services that seniors across the province rely upon. It will cost a typical household an extra $258 a year in 2019 and this will rise to $648 by 2022. This will put additional financial pressure on seniors, many of whom have already said they do not feel prepared for retirement and worry about living on a fixed income. This money could be better spent on meeting daily needs such as housing and buying food.
“This is unnecessary charge comes in. We already have a plan to fight climate change to support the program.” said Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, “We know that the federal carbon tax will increase the cost to heat your home, fuel your car and feed your family, and we know that these added costs will especially impact vulnerable populations, such as seniors.”
Also Minister Philips clarified that actual provinces which disagree with the federal plan are 6 provinces; NDP government in Alberta and Liber government PI disagrees the climate plan.
Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and AccessibilityRaymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility answered to the Global Korean Post’s question, “Their income is fixed and It is very hard to have home and pay the bill. But they can’t afford to pay more tax. Every dollar comes in fixed income. As Minister Philips said, Ontario has own plan to reduce the carbon gas emission. So, we have our plan. Why you charge extra tax and then send back more money. It doesn’t make a sense.”
The provincial government says that higher heating costs due to the federal carbon tax will also have an impact on Ontario’s seniors’ centres and organizations, and additionally, the cost of operating the approximately 750 retirement homes, which are home to over 55,000 seniors in Ontario, may increase, and further put a strain on older adults’ ability to choose where they want to live.
Ontario’s climate plan, called Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, commits to reducing our emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, a target that aligns with the federal government’s Paris commitments, without imposing a carbon tax on the vulnerable groups in our province. Through the efforts of individuals and industry, Ontario is already most of the way to this target, with the province’s emissions down 22 per cent since 2005.
Minister Philips replies to the question of Ontario’s future waste plan, given by the Global Korean Post, “It is a very important issue. Currently, 70% of our waste is being recycled to reuse, also 60% of waste food is going to landfill. That is bad for climate change.”
“We are listing to skate holders and groups, and moving our plan to next phases of blue box works. Also, we introduce the opportunity for a number of innovative technologies, so “I am confident. We will be able to be better.” said Minister Philips.
Ontario is part of a coalition of provinces pledged to fight the federal government’s unconstitutional carbon tax. Saskatchewan and New Brunswick have joined Ontario’s challenge to the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, which is an unconstitutional, disguised tax. Ontario’s case challenging the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax will be heard by the Court of Appeal from April 15 to 18, 2019.
By Global Korean Post