With Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax having gone into effect this week, Ontarians in particular maybe seeing an extra large hike on their natural gas bills soon.
Enbridge Gas, which provides the natural gas to practically all gas customers in Ontario has applied to the regulator for an 11 per cent increase.
That could mean up to $100 in added costs to consumers each year. Enbridge has not hidden the fact that the carbon tax is responsible for the hike
The changes must first be approved by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), which received the application in January.
Enbridge says that the carbon tax was will increase costs for the company so much that it has no choice but to pass on the cost to the consumers — who will also be feeling the effects of the carbon tax themselves.
In addition to their natural gas bills, Canadians can expect the cost of groceries, transit, electricity and gas go up because of the federally-imposed carbon tax.
Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick have all filed lawsuits against the federal government.
The coalition believes that a federal carbon tax is both unconstitutional and harmful to their provinces’ residents and economies.
“The federal carbon tax will eliminate jobs and make life more difficult for families, seniors and everyone who works hard to get ahead in Ontario and across our country,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
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Since implementation, gas prices have already gone up 4.4 cents per litre in Canada’s largest province.
As the cost of living increases dramatically in his province due to the carbon tax, Ford vows to continue to fight against the carbon tax along with the other premiers for as long as it takes.