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Poilievre’s radio campaign takes Trudeau to task over home heating price hikes

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The Conservatives are taking their fight against Justin Trudeau’s tax hikes to the airwaves.

Starting Monday in Newfoundland and Labrador, radio listeners will hear Pierre Poilievre explain how Trudeau’s tax hikes will make it more expensive to heat homes.

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A background party official said the Conservatives plan to run similar ads in other parts of the country, but chose Newfoundland first because the province’s Liberal premier has spoken out against increasing the carbon tax.

In September, Premier Andrew Furey wrote to the federal government warning that the carbon tax increase, set to go up on April 1, “would have a seriously negative impact on the people of our province.”

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Furey noted that the price of home heating oil in his province has risen nearly 60% in the past year, and the increase in the carbon tax will more pressure to seniors and low-income families simply trying to heat their homes.

“A 60% increase in heating costs in one year is already causing significant economic hardship and stress to these residents,” Furey wrote.

Enter Poilievre with a laudatory message and a warning that the Trudeau government is about to make it even more expensive to heat your home.

“Winter is coming and Liberal and NDP politicians in Ottawa plan to increase your heating bill by tripling the carbon tax,” Poilievre says at the ad’s opening.

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The current carbon tax is set at $50 per ton, but is scheduled to increase each year until it reaches $170 per ton in 2030, more than triple the current rate. The Conservatives recently introduced a motion in the House of Commons to stop carbon tax increases due to inflation and high energy costs, but the Liberals and NDP rejected it.

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“Heating your home in the Canadian winter is not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” Poilievre said in the ad before urging listeners to contact Liberal and NDP MPs.

Since becoming leader more than a month ago, Poilievre has focused on attacking the Liberals on cost-of-living issues, from inflation to three looming tax hikes. In ition to the April 1 carbon tax hike, the Trudeau government is set to raise two payroll taxes — EI and CPP — starting January 1.

So far, the government has rejected all requests to cancel or even suspend tax increases.

In ition to Poiliever and Furey, several other premiers have called for tax hikes to be delayed as Canadians deal with inflation soaring to a 40-year high.

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