Nanaimo carbon tax protesters join nationwide tax-resistance rally

Vancouver Islanders turned out to protest the Trudeau Liberals' 23% carbon tax hike, raising concerns over the cost of living and government overreach.

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On Monday, the day the federal carbon tax was hiked a whopping 23%, Vancouver Islanders joined thousands of other Canadians across the country to protest the tax.

In Nanaimo, British Columbia, I joined pods of protesters who gathered along the Bastien Street Bridge and in front of the constituents’ offices of NDP MP Lisa Marie Barron and NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson to let their voices be heard.

Although British Columbia implemented its own carbon tax in 2008, the province agreed to continue with its requirement to match the Trudeau government's tax hike, which works out to an extra $65 to $80 per tonne.

“Life is not affordable enough as it is,” one protester told Rebel News during the demonstration.

“British Columbia and every province should be protesting this carbon tax because it comes directly out of our paychecks and it’s not going to where we can see that it’s helping our country,” said another rallygoer who moved to the province four years ago.

The demonstration, which was one of at least three to take place on Vancouver Island along with four on the Lower Mainland, fell on the same day that Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre held an “Axe the Tax” press conference and evening rally in Nanaimo.

“I can see the problem. I know it’s government at all levels. Nothing’s going to change without action,” a woman who planned to attend Poilievre’s rally told Rebel News during the protest.

A commitment to vote Conservative both provincially and federally in the next election was expressed by many of those in attendance. 

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