Protesting farmers call carbon tax hike 'tax grab'

Farmers, forestry industry workers, and other essential workers gathered near the Herb's gas station between Ottawa and Quebec to voice their opposition to the 23% rise of the carbon tax. The message to Justin Trudeau from one of the farmers was 'Make Canada affordable again.'

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On April Fools' Day, near the Herb’s gas station situated between Quebec and Ottawa, many farmers, forestry industry workers, and other essential workers gathered to protest the rise of the carbon tax. On April 1st, not only did Justin Trudeau increase the carbon tax by 23%, but he also hiked his own income and that of the members of Parliament. Now, Canadian MPs are earning the world’s second-highest salary for elected officials.

Along Highway 417, the protesters voiced their concerns with boards and flags as people drove by. Addressing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's actions, one protester lamented, "The problem is the public has to spend more money to get food, whereas he gets a higher salary to do whatever he wants, go on holidays, and spend it everywhere."

The sentiment was echoed by others who emphasized the impact of increased taxes on essential commodities. "It costs everyone more, from groceries to house rent and everything, all your fuel everywhere, to get to work," expressed another protester, reflecting widespread frustration over the economic strain caused by rising carbon taxes.

Moreover, concerns were raised about the purported purpose of the carbon tax in combating climate change. Many interviewees questioned its effectiveness, asserting that it seemed more like a "tax grab" than a genuine effort to address environmental issues. "The carbon tax is not going to change anything, considering Canada is carbon negative," remarked one participant, suggesting that the tax served other agendas rather than fulfilling its intended purpose.

The potential impact of the carbon tax on businesses, particularly in the agricultural and forestry sectors, was also a focal point of discussions. Farmers highlighted the additional costs they would incur, with one estimating an extra $100 per acre to run land. Similarly, those in the forestry industry expressed concerns about the rising prices of gas and transportation, which would directly impact their profit margins.

When asked about their message to the prime minister regarding the carbon tax, interviewees urged reconsideration of the policy. "To make Canada affordable again," pleaded one citizen, while another bluntly stated, "Axe the tax now, please."

As citizens continue to voice their grievances, it remains to be seen how the government will respond to the growing discontent surrounding the carbon tax and its implications for the livelihoods of ordinary Canadians.

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