June 26, 2019

Heating our homes during long, frigid Canadian winters is a necessity, not a luxury. And keeping our homes warm all winter can get very expensive. Torontonians know this well after a seemingly endless winter and chilly spring in which many of us were still turning the heat on well into the month of June.

Currently, the federal government doesn’t tax most basic necessities. It does, however, charge tax on home heating.

That’s why the Conservative Party of Canada is pledging to remove federal sales tax from your home-heating bills. We’ll offer rebates to Canadians for the five per cent tax charged on all residential home energy, including heating oil, electricity, natural gas, propane, wood pellets and other heating sources. It could save Canadians an average of $107 a year.

People in Toronto-St. Paul’s, subject to Ontario’s harmonized provincial and federal sales taxes, will get the same rebate. As Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer says: “We don’t tax other basic necessities like groceries and we shouldn’t be taxing home heating.”

The Trudeau government, meanwhile, is requiring provinces to impose a price on carbon emissions. That price starts at $20 per tonne this year and will increase by $10 a tonne annually until it reaches $50 in 2022.

Under Andrew Scheer’s plan, Canadians will not only save on the cost of the federal tax on their home heating and energy bills, they will also save hundreds of dollars more each year after he cancels Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax.

Canadians pay enough tax. Heating their homes in the winter shouldn’t add to their tax burden.